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

  • 38.38% 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

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Hoa Lo Prison, Hanoi Reviews

  • 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)

  • Quite an awesome experience. There was so much of history packed in such tiny place. The presentation of prison was quite good. Although there was a lot of propaganda material as well whose correctness has been challenged.

  • Really interesting museum, worth spending time to explore. Fine for children, but they can find content challenging. The information is not as balanced as it could be, but that is understandable in the circumstances. Excellent value

  • 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.

  • Great experience. It is cold and dark and creepy in there. But it exposes excellently the miserableness of colonial people and how heroic they were. Worth to visit. The price is cheap.

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