Fodor's Expert Review Hoa Lo Prison

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Originally built by French colonizers to house Vietnamese political prisoners, Hoa Lo prison later held American prisoners of war and was called the "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. The prison is an important historical relic and the guidebook (20,000d), gives information that the placards in the museum do not.

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1 Hoa Lo
Hanoi, Ha Noi  Vietnam

24-3824–06358

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Rate Includes: 20,000d, 30,000d

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