Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hoa Lo Prison (Maison Centrale) in Hanoi, Vietnam


Hoa Lo Prison which is also known as Maison Centrale, left a deep memory during my vacation in Hanoi, Vietnam. If you participate the local trip like one day tour in Hanoi city, you won't find a tour to Hỏa Lò Prison at all. I don't know why but I guess no one wants to share and relate saddening and sensitive issues like how the Vietnamese patriots and revolutionary fighters were tortured and executed in this prison for the independence and freedom of the nation. 

Hỏa Lò Prison was built by French colonialist to hold Vietnamese prisoners particularly, political prisoners who were fighting for the country's independence. I had difficulty to control my sadness when I visited the confined rooms which were used to sentence the leaders of patriotic and revolutionary and any prisoners who broke the rules in the prison. It was also saddening to learn that the Vietnamese prisoners were being locked with fetters on their ankles thus, they had limited body movement on the beds.

There was an amazing display of an American flying suit of major pilot John Mc. Cain where he and other American pilots were arrested during the bombing of North Vietnam. There were many objects and photographs displayed to show that the American prisoners were treated well in the prison by the Government of Vietnam until they were released eventually under the agreement between both countries. John Mc. Cain then participated in the United States of America election in 2008.


The main entrance of Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
The main entrance of Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


Broken glasses on top of high walls to prevent prisoners from escaping the prison at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
Broken glasses on top of high walls to prevent prisoners from escaping the prison at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


A panaromic view of Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) from top bird's view during the early years in Hanoi, Vietnam
A panaromic view of Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) from top bird's view during the early years in Hanoi, Vietnam


The outline of the visiting route at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
The outline of the visiting route at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


The recent view of Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) from the top bird's eye view in Hanoi, Vietnam
The recent view of Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) from the top bird's eye view in Hanoi, Vietnam


The 3D model of the Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) during the early years in Hanoi, Vietnam
The 3D model of the Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) during the early years in Hanoi, Vietnam


Thick and giant main gate was displayed at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
Thick and giant main gate was displayed at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


The giant door hinge of the main front gate of Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
The giant door hinge of the main front gate of Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


Prisoners' clothing at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
Prisoners' clothing at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


The old-fashioned toilet squatting at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi. Vietnam
The old-fashioned toilet squatting at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi. Vietnam


The French used to lock Vietnamese patriots and revolutionary fighters at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
The French used to lock Vietnamese patriots and revolutionary fighters at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


Cachot area is used to confine prisoners who break the rules in prison at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
Cachot area is used to confine prisoners who break the rules in prison at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


The French colonialist used the guillotine to cut heads of Vietnamese patriots and revolutionary fighters at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
The French colonialist used the guillotine to cut heads of Vietnamese patriots and revolutionary fighters at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


Stockade for female prisoners at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
Stockade for female prisoners at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


Stockade for female prisoners who have babies at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
Stockade for female prisoners who have babies at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


The flight suit of Navy Lieutenant Commandar John Mc Cain while flying A4E Skyhawk is exhibited at Hoa Lu Prison (Maison Centre) in Hanoi, Vietnam
The flight suit of Navy Lieutenant Commandar John Mc Cain while flying A4E Skyhawk is exhibited at Hoa Lu Prison (Maison Centre) in Hanoi, Vietnam


The American prisoners were treated well by the Vietnamese Government after they were imprisoned at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
The American prisoners were treated well by the Vietnamese Government after they were imprisoned at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam



Memorial monument area of Vietnamese patriots and revolutionary fighters and the Almond Tree at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
Memorial monument area of Vietnamese patriots and revolutionary fighters and the Almond Tree at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam

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