"See Hoa La Prison: The Wartime "Hanoi Hilton"" Hoa Lo Prison Tip by AKtravelers

Hoa Lo Prison, Hanoi: 32 reviews and 93 photos

  The outside of Hoa La Prison
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  • The outside of Hoa La Prison - Hanoi
      The outside of Hoa La Prison
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  • Looking into a squalid, dark, dirty cell - Hanoi
      Looking into a squalid, dark, dirty cell
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  • Statues mimickinng the condition of prisoner/heroe - Hanoi
      Statues mimickinng the condition of prisoner/heroe
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  • John McCain's flight suit from his "rescue" - Hanoi
      John McCain's flight suit from his "rescue"
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Hoa La Prison is better known to Americans as the Hanoi Hilton from the Vietnam War days, but is more famous to the Vietnamese for its role in their resistence to colonialism. Here they had a great deal of exhibition space devoted to the atrocities perpetrated by the French, who built this to be the largest prison in Indochina during the late 1800's. Of course, the theme was the depravity of the French and the heroic revolutionary spirit of the imprisoned locals, none of whom ever committed any crime except patriotism. Finally, the last few rooms were devoted to its role housing prisoners from the war, to include John McCain. Since McCain was the son of the four-star admiral at the U.S. Pacific Command when he was shot down, the Vietnamese were always aware that he was a star prisoner, so they kept photos and relics (including his flight suit) from his five years there. They have since updated the exhibit to note that he is the Republican nominee in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election, good captalists that they now are.

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  • Written Oct 6, 2008
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