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Hoa Lo Prison

1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
+84 4 3934 2253
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Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good48%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“hanoi hilton” (1,138 reviews)
“vietnam war” (888 reviews)
“worth a visit” (665 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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+84 4 3934 2253
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The Hoa Lo Prison is an essential go to when in Hanoi. Built in 1886 from the French colonialists was used during the Indochina time and was staged for serious atrocities in based on the neighborhood explanations. Very little remained in the original building and...More

Thank Candra G
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Must visit part of Hanoi. An interesting museum that everyone who is interested in history should visit. I spent an hour or so here just wandering through the exhibits learning a lot about local history.

Thank Jay C
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great visit with family Very informative Not too long Nice little museum I recommend for families with older kids

Thank AnnieJ72
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I would highly recommend this experience as I learnt so much about French colonialism in Vietnam and the treatment of US POWs during the American War. Great exhibits and wonderful to see the female inmates so well represented.

Thank Martina C
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Worth a visit is very barbaric how spoke were treated by the Europeans The exhibits are in english as well and it does take time to read them all there are a lot of exhibits

Thank bribrendy_12
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A lot of history here, although most of the prison has now been remove, what’s left was a great history trip with a lot of detail and real life experiences. I would recommend popping by if your in the area, there was a cost to...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Europeans were a barbaric lot in those days - actually not so long ago. This is a good reminder that we owe the Vietnamese - and spending a few dollars on the tourist industry goes some way to making up. The prison has some...More

Thank Danny Q
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This museum/old prison is very impressive. The ticket price is only 30.000. You should really go there if you want to know more about the history of Vietnam (and during the war). The pictures, rooms and cells are really impressive. Must see in Hanoi!

Thank Floortje O
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I knew in advance it would not be fun. How can a prison be upbeat, after all. But it gave a good idea of conditions endured by Vietnamese under the French and later endured by captured American fliers during the war between Vietnam and the...More

Thank ZhongguoKM
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was an interesting museum with majority of the signs in English. It was worth a visit, especially as an American. Very interesting to see the “American” War from another country’s perspective

Thank emailsachico
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Response from Greg B | Reviewed this property |
You can certainly do this by yourself. We chose a half day city tour that included the prison and other important landmarks in Hanoi. The benefit was that we had an English speaking guide who was very knowledgeable and... More
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