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Address: 1 Hoa Lo St | Phu Khanh village, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Phone Number: 04-824-6358
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been...

Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.

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'Hanoi Hilton'

Although the majority of this site has been demolished they have retained a substantial corner including the main gate and entrance. Originally built by the ruling French... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Agusan del Sur Province, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very interesting museum about this old French prison. You will get a good idea of what happened in the past. You can see how they treated the prisoners and how they were tortured. Not a place when you are light hearten. Its not only reading about the history, but they really put a lot of effort in telling a story... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Although the majority of this site has been demolished they have retained a substantial corner including the main gate and entrance. Originally built by the ruling French colonists it was used to imprison, torture and oppress the masses for many years. During the US war it was also used to hold American Pilots that were shot Down. They nicknamed this... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although this was the main French Prison in Hanoi it has now been reduced in size and is a museum. The prison was still in use during the Vietnam War and a number of American prisoners of war were housed there. We had a very good guide who explained how the prison worked in the past and took us through... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although much of the original building has been demolished to make way for development, there is enough remaining to get a good idea of the history. Originally called La Maison Centrale when under French colonial administration, it is perhaps more famously known as The Hanoi Hilton by the captured US pilots who were imprisoned here

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very depressed after visiting this place. This place gives you an insight on how the prisoners were tortured. Not a place for the faint hearted!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It is always interesting to visit places like this to get an idea of a place and what has happened in the past. With any site like this, you are presented with the view of the people putting it together, but if you're not convinced about that view, there is always the opportunity to get other views. People have to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Used by the French when colonising Vietnam and later by the communists. You can see how they treated the prisoners and a real guillotine.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place was a real eye opener for how the country was run many years ago. I found it really educational and at times emotional. If you want to learn the depts of what went on when the French colonists ran this prison!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Only small yet interesting all the same. Entry price was around 30,000, Just over £1. Museum is housed within an original section of the prison building. Good option for very small price paid.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I would recommend to visit the prison even though majority of it has already been demolished . Within the museum , we are educated with the history of Hanoi being under French colonisation and also Vietnam war . Besides that , we learnt about the Vietnamese patriots whom were sacrificed or survived fighting for freedom. All in all it was... More 

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