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Discover Hoa Lo Prison – Unforgettable historic site
Updated at Thursday, 09 Nov 2017, 15:11
Hoa Lo Prison located in Hoa Lo Street with the sign Maison Centrale at the entrance. It established by the French colonial government in 1896 which was originally used to detain political prisoners and formed part of a Northern network of ‘unjust and cruel prisons’ that included Cao Bang, Son La, Lai Chau and Hai Phong.
During the French colonial period, many leaders of revolutionaries were imprisoned here such as Phan Boi Chau, Hoang Trong Mau, Luong Van Can, Nguyen Quyen, Nguyen Luong Bang and five future General Secretaries of the Communist Party - Nguyen Van Cu, Le Duan, Truong Chinh, Nguyen Van Linh and Do Muoi.
During the Vietnam War, The Americans called this prison “Hanoi Hilton”. Between 1964 and 1973 the prison’s inmates included several captured American pilots, notably Senator John McCain and Douglas 'Pete' Peterson, America’s first Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Most of the original prison was demolished in 1996 to make the Hanoi Towers serviced apartment and office complex and only part of the prison exists today as a museum, including the guillotine room, still with original equipment, and the quarters for male and female Vietnamese political prisoners. Forcedly, visitors can view the original cells, complete with leg-irons, along with a selection of bilingual (Vietnamese and English) displays illustrating the horrors of life in the prison during the French colonial period.
Today there is little evidence of the time spent here by the former American inmates although a great deal has been written by the survivors including their experiences in the much feared “blue room” although it’s now made up to look like a very comfortable room. Displays in the room claim that Americans were treated well and not harmed but the blue room was used for the interrogation and torture of new prisoners and visitors can still see the room today although there is nothing on display here of the horror stories told by American POW’s.
 
Hoa Lo Prison located in Hoa Lo Street with the sign Maison Centrale at the entrance.
Hoa Lo Prison located in Hoa Lo Street with the sign Maison Centrale at the entrance.
It established by the French colonial government in 1896 which was originally used to detain political prisoners and formed part of a Northern network of ‘unjust and cruel prisons’ that included Cao Bang, Son La, Lai Chau and Hai Phong.
It established by the French colonial government in 1896 which was originally used to detain political prisoners and formed part of a Northern network of ‘unjust and cruel prisons’ that included Cao Bang, Son La, Lai Chau and Hai Phong.
Foreign visitors looking US Airman costume.
Foreign visitors looking US Airman costume.
During the French colonial period, many leaders of revolutionaries were imprisoned here such as Phan Boi Chau, Hoang Trong Mau, Luong Van Can, Nguyen Quyen, Nguyen Luong Bang and five future General Secretaries of the Communist Party - Nguyen Van Cu, Le Duan, Truong Chinh, Nguyen Van Linh and Do Muoi.
During the French colonial period, many leaders of revolutionaries were imprisoned here such as Phan Boi Chau, Hoang Trong Mau, Luong Van Can, Nguyen Quyen, Nguyen Luong Bang and five future General Secretaries of the Communist Party - Nguyen Van Cu, Le Duan, Truong Chinh, Nguyen Van Linh and Do Muoi.
During the Vietnam War, The Americans called this prison “Hanoi Hilton”. Between 1964 and 1973 the prison’s inmates included several captured American pilots, notably Senator John McCain and Douglas 'Pete' Peterson, America’s first Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
During the Vietnam War, The Americans called this prison “Hanoi Hilton”. Between 1964 and 1973 the prison’s inmates included several captured American pilots, notably Senator John McCain and Douglas 'Pete' Peterson, America’s first Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Most of the original prison was demolished in 1996 to make the Hanoi Towers serviced apartment and office complex and only part of the prison exists today as a museum, including the guillotine room, still with original equipment, and the quarters for male and female Vietnamese political prisoners.
Most of the original prison was demolished in 1996 to make the Hanoi Towers serviced apartment and office complex and only part of the prison exists today as a museum, including the guillotine room, still with original equipment, and the quarters for male and female Vietnamese political prisoners.
Forcedly, visitors can view the original cells, complete with leg-irons, along with a selection of bilingual (Vietnamese and English) displays illustrating the horrors of life in the prison during the French colonial period.
Forcedly, visitors can view the original cells, complete with leg-irons, along with a selection of bilingual (Vietnamese and English) displays illustrating the horrors of life in the prison during the French colonial period.
Today there is little evidence of the time spent here by the former American inmates although a great deal has been written by the survivors including their experiences in the much feared “blue room” although it’s now made up to look like a very comfortable room.
Today there is little evidence of the time spent here by the former American inmates although a great deal has been written by the survivors including their experiences in the much feared “blue room” although it’s now made up to look like a very comfortable room.
Displays in the room claim that Americans were treated well and not harmed but the blue room was used for the interrogation and torture of new prisoners and visitors can still see the room today although there is nothing on display here of the horror stories told by American POW’s.
Displays in the room claim that Americans were treated well and not harmed but the blue room was used for the interrogation and torture of new prisoners and visitors can still see the room today although there is nothing on display here of the horror stories told by American POW’s.
Hoa Lo Prison – Unforgettable historic site.
Hoa Lo Prison – Unforgettable historic site.
Discover Hoa Lo Prison – Unforgettable historic site.
Discover Hoa Lo Prison – Unforgettable historic site.
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