Hoa Lo Prison was dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton” by American POWs. Today the former guard house remains as a museum with many historical artifacts on display. It provides a fascinating perspective, especially for American tourists who aren’t used to being painted in a negative light. The whole place takes maybe two hours to explore.
Hoa Lo Prison offers a fascinating insight into French colonial history, the Vietnamese resistance movement & the prison's place in history as the "Hanoi Hilton" during the American/Vietnam war. Only a small section of the prison remains, & its early history is harrowing, but by the end of your visit it leaves you feeling a little uplifted about the power of international friendship.
Excellent museum and historic site. A very meaningful glimpse of colonial persecution of Vietnamese who wanted independence and democracy for their country. This is not just a museum but you enter the cells, touch the walls. Gift shop is very well done. #wintergetaway
Built by French colonial authorities to house political prisoners, Hoa Lo Prison became known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during and after the Vietnam War as the place where North Vietnam held US prisoners. Today the prison is a museum and memorial to the Vietnamese detainees who suffered often cruel treatment at the hands of French colonial authorities. Sections also detail the treatment of US prisoners, who are portrayed in a less than sympathetic light as would-be invaders. Given its history, Hoa Lo Prison is a fascinating and educational attraction.