Hoa Lo Prison is one of the famous historical sites of Hanoi, attracting many domestic and foreign tourists to visit and learn. Hoa Lo Prison was built in 1896 by French colonists, initially used to imprison Vietnamese political prisoners. Later, this prison was also used by the Vietnamese government to detain American prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. Hoa Lo Prison is also known by the name “Hanoi Hilton” given by American prisoners.
Hoa Lo Prison is now a museum, displaying many artifacts, documents, images, and documentaries about the life and activities of prisoners in the prison. Hoa Lo Prison also recreates many detention rooms, interrogation rooms, execution rooms, isolation rooms, medical rooms, and other areas of the prison. Hoa Lo Prison is not only a historical monument but also a symbol of the indomitable, brave, and sacrificial spirit of the Vietnamese people in the struggle for independence and freedom.
Hoa Lo Prison is a must-visit place when visiting Hanoi. Hoa Lo Prison will bring you meaningful and emotional experiences, helping you understand more about the history, culture, and people of Vietnam. Hoa Lo Prison is open from Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm. The entrance fee is 30,000 VND for adults and 15,000 VND for children.