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Vietnam Sights

Hoa Lo Prison

  • 1 Pho Hoả Lò
  • Hoan Kiem District

Updated 07/10/2013

Fodor's Review

Originally built by French colonizers to house Vietnamese political prisoners, Hoa Lo prison later held American prisoners of war and was called "Hanoi Hilton," a name given in sarcasm because the conditions were actually quite miserable. In the 1990s more than half of the prison was demolished; the gatehouse was converted into a museum that highlights the cruelty of the occupying French but whitewashes prisoner treatment during the American War, as the Vietnam War is

known locally.

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Sight Information


1 Pho Hoả Lò, Trần Hưng Đạo,, Hanoi, 100000, Vietnam



Sight Details:

  • 20,000 VND
  • Daily 8–11:30 and 2–4:30

Updated 07/10/2013


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