Maison Centrale Prison (Hoa Lo Prison)

Maison Centrale Prison

HanoiKnown as Hoa Lo Prison

Maison Centrale, or Hoa Lo Prison, is often called the Hanoi Hilton by American prisoners of war, in sarcastic reference to the upmarket hotel chain. The name Hoa Lo means “fiery furnace” in Vietnamese. The French called the prison Maison Centrale – a usual term to denote prisons in France. The prison was built in 1896 by the French to house up to 450 opponents of colonialism, however, in reality more than 4 times this number were imprisoned in appalling conditions.

Within Maison Centrale are the various torture instruments used on its Vietnamese prisoners. Here the French incarcerated, tortured and guillotined many which the state considered revolutionaries. The prison is still a popular tourist attraction for those on the war history trail.

Maison Centrale Prison, known as Hoa Lo Prison

Maison Centrale Prison, known as Hoa Lo Prison


Vietnamese: Di Tích Nhà Tù Hỏa Lò
Other Names: Hỏa Lò Prison
Opening Hours: 08.00 - 17.00
Address: Hoả Lò, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Tel: +84 4 3824 6358
Facebook: Travel in Hanoi
Tags:
Driving Directions (Road Map): Hanoi City Center to Maison Centrale Prison
Driving Directions (Road Map): From Hanoi to Ninh Binh › Dong Ha › Hue › Da Nang
One day in Hanoi (Hà Nội)
Follow Secret Vietnam:

Vietnam Travel Tips, Guide to the Country

Vietnam is one of the top destination in Asia tourist attraction. Explore our Secret Vietnam Travel Guide for must-see attractions, immerse yourself in the culture and history and discover the best time and places to visit. Attractions, Tours, Restaurants, Nightlife Spots, Accommodation and much more can be found in our guide.

Latest posts from
Hue - Phong Nha Cave and Ke Bang National ParkHalong Bay Full Day TourHanoi Sapa by BusHo Chi Minh City – Can Tho – Chau Doc TourMekong Tour: Cai Be – Vinh Long One Day TripMekong Tour: My Tho – Ben Tre – Can Tho One Day TourHo Chi Minh City – Cai Be Floating Market – Tan Phong IslandBa Na Hills – Chua Mountain in Danang VietnamDMZ Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone Tour 1 DayNha Trang Boat Cruise Mun, Mot, Tranh, and Mieu islandsHue City Tour 1 Day Visit the Tombs in Central VietnamAmiana Resort and VillasGreen World Hoi An VillaEvason Ana MandaraInterContinental Nha TrangMedallion HanoiSkylark Hotel HanoiMay De Ville Old Quarter HotelGolden Silk Boutique HotelMövenpick Hotel HanoiHilton Hanoi OperaSailing Club Nha TrangChau Long Sapa HotelAmazing Hotel Sapa
French