July 4, 2020
Just 5 minutes away from the Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel, the historic site of Hoa Lo Prison is set to open at night starting from July 24, as part of the capital city’s tourism promotion program following the COVID-19 pandemic.
From that date, visitors will have a chance to experience the brand new 45-minute tour of the prison-turned today the Museum Hoa Lo in Hà Nội, titled ‘Sacred Night – Glorious Vietnamese Spirit” starting at 7:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. The tour, which includes sound and light effects, will provide visitors for sure a show worth the visit and an unforgettable experience.
Hoa Lo Prison – An historic site well worth a visit
Hỏa Lò Prison , built in Hà Nội by the French in 1896, was called ‘Maison Centrale’ during French Indochina and sarcastically nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton” and later on the “Little Las Vegas” by the American POWs. It was first a prison for long sentence detainees subject to torture and execution. Initially built for 460 inmates, the prison was nevertheless often overcrowded and has held up to 2000 people in 1954 in subhuman conditions. “It is easy to die but hard to live,” declared a prison guard to a new arrival, “We will show you just how hard it is to live. This prison is a hell on earth”. Most of the original prison was demolished in 1996 but the southernmost corner was preserved and reopened to the public as a memorial.
Tours are open to visitors from 16 years old in Vietnamese and English. Participants are asked to dress conservatively.
1 Hoả Lò, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Open 8 am – 5 pm
From July 24 Open Friday, Saturday Sunday from 7 pm