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Hoa Lo Prison

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Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.
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1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
+84 4 3934 2253
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Reviewed today via mobile

We had a good visit here. Very moving and dark place. The atrocities and cruelty was well documented. Respect and admire the Vietnamese people for how they have endured

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank kathp29
Reviewed today

The Hanoi Hilton, as the American POWs called this prison has has an interesting story to tell. Unfortunately most of it has been demolished to build and a hotel built on the site. It still has quite an atmosphere and you can go into some...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Southendwesthamfan
Reviewed today

The prison was built by the French when they ruled Vietnam. There are exhibits on how the prisoners were shackled, tortured and beheaded by a guillotine. There were separate quarters for men and women. Only a small part of the original prison was preserved; the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank kartor
Reviewed yesterday

This was a great eye opening experience, with a comparison between how the Vietnamese prisoners were held by the French and then how the Americans were held by the Vietnamese. Definitely a must see if you are in Hanoi.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Informative displays showing history of the building and various prisoners who spent time here. Most interesting to me was the display sharing stories about U.S. pilots who spent years in the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Viet Nam (American) war.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

Visited as part of a city tour. Interesting history and graphic displays (look quite life like). American connection with John McCain, who was held there. Worth a visit, either independently or as part of tour.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were surprised at the extent of this museum and found plenty to see during our 2 hour visit. Understandably there is a bias towards the Vietnam position reported however the overall aim is to support the aims of peace and harmony through the recognition...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank srablair
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Worth a visit if I’m Hanoi and interested in the war time of Vietnam. Takes about 50 minutes to see.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Faylouise80
Reviewed 4 days ago

Focused mainly on the occupancy of the French and the Vietnamese war with the Americans. Lifelike models show the cramped cells of prisoners. Women’s area particularly poignant. Shows futility of war. Thus....never to be forgotten.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Yvonne T
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) was an interesting historical site to visit. Very much pro Vietnam and mixed reviews about America’s role in the so called “American War”. Having experienced the Vietnam War as the sibling of an active duty military man, it pained me...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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17 January 2019|
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Response from sk6776 | Reviewed this property |
We bought our tickets at the door.
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Take a grab car service About vnd25k to vnd30k from old quarter
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Response from donmountford | Reviewed this property |
Sorry Tori C, cannot help re the lacquer maker as I didn't look at the gift shop. I found several shops in Saigon District 1 that sell excellent lacquer goods and may be available vis the internet/ Don Mountford