Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Vietnam - Hanoi Trip - Day 4 - Hoa Lo Prison

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Hoa Lo Prison was worth visiting. The name Hoa Lo, commonly translated as "fiery furnace" or even "Hell's hole", also means "stove". The name originated from the street name phố Hỏa Lò, due to the concentration of stores selling wood stoves and coal-fire stoves along the street from pre-colonial times. The prison was built in Hanoi by the French, in dates ranging from 1886–1889[1] to 1898 to 1901, when Vietnam was still part of French Indochina. The French called the prison Maison Centrale—literally, Central House, a traditional euphemism to denote prisons in France. It was located near Hanoi's French Quarter. It was intended to hold Vietnamese prisoners, particularly political prisoners agitating for independence who were often subject to torture and execution. You can find out more information about the prison from wikipedia.

Need to purchase an admission fee of VND20,000.

It can be quite eerie in the prison museum.

Some sculptures in the museum depicting life in the prison during the early times.

Instrument used to chop off prisoner's head...omg looked so scary and eerie.

1 comment:

thomas said...

Looks like lots of torture happen here in those days.