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Hoa Lo Prison Relic in Hanoi

Hoa Lo Prison relic site, known in French as Maison Centrale (meaning central prison), is an attraction in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem district.

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A detention centre controlled by the French during the colonial period, then a prison for American pilots captured during the Vietnam War, Hoa Lo prison historic site is now an attractive museum

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Hoa Lo Prison was where many generations of Vietnamese soldiers and revolutionary activists were imprisoned 

 

 

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Guillotine was used by the French to execute prisoners 

 

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Hoa Lo Prison relic site now becomes an intriguing destination to visit in Hanoi, attracting many domestic and foreign tourists

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A detention centre controlled by the French during the colonial period, then a prison for American pilots captured during the Vietnam War, Hoa Lo historic site, now a museum, attracts many visitors

 

 

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Hoa Lo prison in Hanoi comprises of tiny, damp and dark cells that evoke eerie claustrophobia, which would be multiplied by the use of manacles and the presence of rats

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Cells where prisoners were shackled to their concrete cots are a terrible reminder of the cruelties of colonialism 

 

 

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Hoa Lo prison is a venue for educating kids on history and patriotism

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Visitors burn incense to commemorate fallen soldiers who passed away in Hoa Lo prison



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