Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison: In addition to brutal torture images, the barrage of guerrillas brought the Hoa Lo Prison into the top five most frightening places in Southeast Asia.

Hoa Lo prison

How Hoa Lo Prison is unique?

Hoa Lo Prison is located on Hoa Lo Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. (Which is located on the land of Phu Khanh village in Vinh Xuong District, Tho Xuong District). It's built in 1896 by French Colonialists. " started construction in Con Dao. Hoa Lo has a total area of ​​more than 12,000 m2. Also It is one of the largest and strongest prison in Indochina at that time.

The French language of the prison at that time was Maison Centrale, meaning Central Prison or Hanoi Prison. This was the central prison of both Central and Tonkin. Where detaining many people, including political prisoners, patriots against the French colonial government from 1896 to 1954. The remaining area 2,434m2 is currently planned to preserve relics.

Hoa Lo prison

The construction of the prison allowed Hoa Lo to regularly house about 500 prisoners with extremely strict and severe detention. With the French barbarian's most brazen weapon is the giant cutting machine. The Hoa Lo prison is known to be one of the 10 most notorious prisoners in the world or top five most lucrative sites in Southeast Asia.

Since its inception in January 1899, the Hoa Lo prison has taken prisoners and images attached to the first prisoners until the last one was the shackles of steel legs.

The cell, dark room, cramped cell, lack of air. The guards here are infamous, have senior governing the prison ready to suppress, even take the lives of prisoners.

The French colonialists special attention to the construction and selection of prison construction materials. Such as Door system iron, lock was brought from France too. All censored strict before construction.

Cachot (prison) is used to imprison prisoners who are punished for violating the rules of the prison or of opposing activities (organizing struggles, organizing escape, propagating the revolution). Cachot is a "hell of hell", the cell is cramped, dark. Here the prisoners were isolated, shackled at night. Most of them had to eat the toilet in place, sloping floor slope backward so that prisoners can not lie. The custody of Cachot was short-lived due to edema, blurred vision, scabies, lack of sanitation, light and oxygen.

Hoa Lo was nicknamed "hell on earth" between Hanoi and prisoners. They had to suffer from the flickering fire as they stepped through the heavily wooded iron gate, then shackled, brutally beaten in solitary confinement cells or slammed cell phones.

Hoa Lo prison

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The prison cell imprisonment imprisoned prisoners to death sentences awaiting the execution day is deep in the same. And must pass through three different layers of iron door to the new.

The most horrible thing in Hoa Lo is the medieval guillotine machine, designed by two 4m high wooden posts with the blade held high on the pin. Below there is another crossbar and a narrow price for the sin set the input.

The two planks are semicircular, assembled in two circles, blocking the top and bottom of the neck of the crime to put the knife in the middle. Inside the pillars are two grooves to the blade which fall down in a vertical line. Below is a drop of iron to drop the head of the prisoner, next door is a rattan basket containing the body.

In January 1930, the guillotine was transported to Yen Bai to execute 13 Vietnamese Nationalist soldiers arrested in the Yen Bai uprising (led by Nguyen Thai Hoc). This brutal barrage in prison operates continuously, which is used to transfer from one prison to another throughout North Vietnam. Women's detention centers are loosened when prisoners are not shackled to take care of their children. However, the colonial prisoners have very vicious torture methods for female offenders in the form of electrocution electric shock at the Hanoi Secret Service or rudimentary bait to use the corporal punishment in place The weakness of the political prisoners.

Surrounding the prison are reinforced stone walls of 4 meters high, 0.5 meters. The edge of the fence is covered with a piece of glass with a grid connected to any prisoners are afraid to think about escape. From such stringent regulations, the French colonialists assuredly and proudly stated that the Hoa Lo prison "inside any foreign", nor "ant can not pass".

From such stringent regulations, the French colonialists assured and assumed that the Hoa Lo Prison "inside any foreign," not "the ant can not pass". However, many of the successful prisoners of the political prisoners were successful when they saw the barren tunnel under the death camp. Some captured, some of them returned to the base of resistance, continuing to engage in combat. Travel to Hanoi plus visit Ho Lo prison will be good idea. Because come here you will have chance to know more detail about Vietnamese history.

Hoa Lo prison entrance fee

Ticket price: 30,000 VND / person

Subject to reduce 50%:

  • Student (with student ID card)
  • People with disabilities
  • Old people (who is a Vietnamese 60 and above)
  • Persons belonging to social policy

Free subjects:

  • Children under 15 years old
  • People with meritorious contribution to the revolution
  • Membership: Veterans, Resistance Liaison, Prison Liaison in the country.

It's good for

  • Veterans, Students Group
  • Suitable for educational tour in Vietnam

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