Hoa Lo Prison relic is located in the heart of Hanoi. It is built in 1896 by French on the land of Phu Khanh village.

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Hoa Lo prison has the area of 12.908 m2, which is the most ancient architecture of Indochina.

The prison is surrounded by stone walls, steels with 4 meters height and reinforced by barbed-wire system of high voltage lines running, through the four corner there have towers are capable of observing the prison.

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Hoa Lo Prison began operating from January 1899.

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After the capital was liberated on 10th October 1954, Hoa Lo Prison was controlled by the revolutionary government. Period 1964-1973.

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A rather gruesome reminder of what happened under French occupation.

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Prisoners in Hoa Lu Prison

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Prisoners were variously isolated, starved, beaten, tortured for countless hours and paraded in anti-American propaganda. “It is easy to die but hard to ...

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Hoa Lo Prison was built since 1896 by French colonialism, with the purpose to detain the persons who against the colonialist regime. The architecture of Hoa Lo Prison is very harsh with the stone walls of 4m height and 0,5m thick, it was also consolidated barbed wire entanglement by the electric. Inside the Hoa Lo Prison, it has the different watchtowers to supervise and see all activities of prisoners all the time.

The first design just allowed Hoa Lo Prison to detain around 500 prisoners, but then the area of the prison is increased more and more larger as well as the prisoner quantity is creased more and more, and there were until around 2000 prisoners from 1950 to 1953, at this time the guillotine usually operated, these guillotines were often moved to a lot of the different prisons, even there were some guillotines were moved to Yen Bai Province to execute over ten of Vietnamese communists, among there was a national hero Nguyen Thai Hoc to be executed at that time.

Every year this destination relic welcome over thousand of tourist arriving to visit, among almost of tourists are foreigners, there are also many Vietnamese tourists who want to find about the hardship of our forefathers in the past. Hoa Lo Prison is located in the heart of Hanoi capital, it is very convenient for the tourist to find and explore this historical site by the own, so you also should not miss to travel to Hoa Lo Prison once visiting Hanoi, Vietnam.

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