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Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi (Hanoi Hilton)

Hoa Lo Prison is a historic heritage site that are attractive many visitors when going to Hanoi.

Hoa Lo Prison (Maison centrale)
Hoa Lo Prison (Maison centrale)

Hoa Lo Prison was originally called Maison Centrale, but it was built on the area of Phu Khanh village, Vinh Xuong canton (in the past) - a ceramic producing village which was flaming all time so it called Hoa Lo prision (in Vietnamese, “hoa lo” is a flaming oven). Others prison was far from residential but Hoa Lo located in central of Hanoi, nearby colonial government’s metropolis at that time.

The cachot
The cachot

Next to this prison are Felony Court and Secret Agent Office. All of them were willing to suppress Vietnamese’s people revolutionary movements. The prison is the oldest construction in Indochinese.

A cell in Hoa Lo Prison
A cell in Hoa Lo Prison

Surrounding the prison are stone walls, watchtowers, and 4m - steal pillars, on which has electrical barbed wire to monitor all movements here.

The iron doors and locks were from French. The dark cramped cells and notorious wanders suppressed even took their life.

Inside the prison
Inside the prison

Hoa Lo Prison was really a hell. When having built, from January 1899, it was run into operation. The period of 1950 – 1953, there were about 2.000 prisoners confined in here. After Hanoi Liberation day (10-10-1954), Hoa Lo was taken over by revolutionary government. In 1964 – 1973, it was used to confine American pilots which included P.Peterson – the first American ambassador in Vietnam.

The images when prisoners are tortured
The images when prisoners are tortured

In 1993, on the base of Hoa Lo’s part, Hanoi Tower, the trading center was built, the other part become a special revolutionary heritage site of Hanoi, this is also the French’s felony evidence.

Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi (Hanoi Hilton)

This heritage site saves many data, document of a historic period. Hoa Lo Prison now is quite original and it is also a attractive destination for visitors.

More details
Add: No1, Pho Duc Chinh street, Tran Hung Dao precinct, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
Opening hours: daily 08:00 – 17:00
Entrance fee: 10.000 – 20.000vnd/person
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