Hoa Lo Prison

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  • 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

Hoa Lo Prison - Review

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.

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Hoa Lo Prison Information

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

How To reach Hoa Lo Prison by Public Transport

  • 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.

Restaurants Near Hoa Lo Prison

  • Classico Cafe & Restaurant
  • Song Pho Restaurant
  • A Little Italian

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TripHobo Highlights for Hoa Lo Prison

  • 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Hoa Lo Prison

  • 95% of people who visit Hanoi include Hoa Lo Prison in their plan

  • 68.17% of people start their Hoa Lo Prison visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

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

Monday, Thursday and Saturday

74.08% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Hoa Lo Prison

People normally club together St Joseph's Cathedral and West Lake while planning their visit to Hoa Lo Prison.

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  • Wonderful experience. We were actually late to the museum and they were closing. But had asked if we could use their toilets anyway. Afterwards, the curator let us have a quick look around, free of charge. I don't recommend this way to get in for everyone.... But it was really kind of them. We had quick look at the historical building. Very interesting and sad way to treat prisoners here. You'll also find senator john McCain was a prisoner here at one point.

  • One of the best museums in Hanoi. The price little bit costly. But you’ll get the guide book and history of the museum. Worthy. You can use your google maps to get there or better us grab car/grab bike. The museum not really big. But they arrange the museum very nice. Bring your own snacks and water. They have small park at the back side. Please do not do the violence action at the museum area. Keep the cleanliness.

  • Spent an insightful 2 hours here reading about the French colonial era and it's more recent use in the Vietnamese war. Really good value for money, it cost next to nothing for entry for 2 and a guidebook (although most of the information is just copied from plaques around the prison). Obviously history is written by the victors so it's worth doing your own research if this is a subject that interests you.

  • An incredibly eye-opening and important place to visit to learn some history of the US-Vietnam War. Colloquially known as the Hanoi Hilton, the prison is in really good condition and easy to navigate. There are heaps of propaganda of anti USA commentary around but still worth a look. You can also check out Senator John Mccain's old flight suit and gear.

  • Quite small but worth a visit for sure. The actual prison cells are quite creepy and you can go inside them still so it's a good experience. I would of liked more time to read everything on the wall but I didn't have a chance as had to leave. Also I don't recommend walking to this place - it's incredibly hot to walk even 20mins there from my hostel. Get a grab. :)

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