Hoa Lo Prison

Currently Closed
  • Address: Hoa Lo, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi, Vietnam, Hanoi
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +84-438246358
  • Ticket Price: 15000 VND
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art And Culture, River, Family And Kids, Nature

The Hao Lo Prison was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for prisoners of war during the Vietnam War when it was sarcastically known to American prisoners of war as the "Hanoi Hilton". The prison was demolished during the 1990s, though the gatehouse remains as a museum.

Nothing prepares you for how creepy Hoa Lo Prison  can be. A visit to the "Hanoi Hilton" can inspire sorrow, disgust, and, depending on your politics, different flavours of outrage.

Forget about the "Hanoi Hilton" described in gory detail by survivors like John McCain and Robinson Risner, or movies like the Hanoi Hilton. The prison displays focus on the sufferings of Vietnamese revolutionaries who were confined (and sometimes executed) here, when the French were the masters of Vietnam in the early part of the 20th century.

Would you like to visit the historic prison house in Hanoi? Then, don’t wait and immediately buy tickets for Hoa Lo Prison to get absolute guidance and hassle free entry to the attraction. Book Hoa Lo Prison Tickets And Tours to know the interesting stories that mark this historic French prison house in Vietnam. Tickets for Hoa Lo Prison can also be combined with a visit to other attractions. By paying Hoa Lo Prison Ticket prices for tours, you get to see a prominent attraction at affordable rates. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Hanoi itinerary 2 days.

  • It’s better to have a guide who explains the history behind the museum during your visit to Hoa Lo Prison.

  • Bus Stops: 49 Hai Ba Trung, 54 Ly Thuong Kiet.
  • The easiest way to get to Hoa Lo Prison is by taxi - 1 Pho Hoa Lo is right at the corner of Pho Ha Ba Trung, south of Hoan Kiem Lake on the lip of the French Quarter.

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  • Hoa Lo Prison Address: Hoa Lo, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi, Vietnam, Hanoi
  • Hoa Lo Prison Contact Number: +84-438246358
  • Hoa Lo Prison Timing: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Hoa Lo Prison Price: 15000 VND
  • Best time to visit Hoa Lo Prison(preferred time): 09:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Time required to visit Hoa Lo Prison: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 38.16% of people who visit Hanoi include Hoa Lo Prison in their plan

  • 62.12% of people start their Hoa Lo Prison visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Hoa Lo Prison

Monday, Friday and Saturday

54.39% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Hoa Lo Prison

People normally club together St Joseph's Cathedral and Vietnamese Women's Museum while planning their visit to Hoa Lo Prison.

People also prefer to start their day with Hoa Lo Prison.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • I found this an interesting place to visit, gives a good insight to the Vietnamese history. The exhibits were well displayed. I also liked the memorial area where you can light the incense sticks if you wish to. There's a nice gift shop too. For tourists this is a must-do in my opinion.

  • Very interesting place to visit. There is a lot of history from the 1950s to its closure in the late 1980s. Exhibits were very well done and the viewing options were endless. Took our 3 kids 7, 5, and 2 with us. Site is fairly stroller friendly. You could easily have spent 2 hours onsite and the 30K entry was more than worth it

  • Very interesting place to visit. Difficult to use words like beautiful. Incredible past. Well presented and “tell a good story”. Nice gift shop as well. I recommend this to all that visit Hanoi.

  • A must see! The best place in Hanoi A well made history museum, it may be not well designed in aesthetic viewpoint but this is probably the most favorite for me in Hanoi. Even it tell only the story of this prison, it made me understand the root of Vietnamese identity, of why they get here. It even tell the back story of event before it became prison. The details of prison architecture was so detailed to make me empathize all the people that had gone through French colonization.(That’s not even count Vietnam war, Vietnamese people must had gone through a lot)

  • Interesting museum as a quick visit and for lack of a better thing to do but not necessarily a must-see. Translations could use a proof-read and content is redundant between rooms, the booklet and videos. Still a good historical place.

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