Hoa Lo, often translated as “fiery furnace”, was where Vietnamese political prisoners were held during the French colonial period in the early 20th century, and, later, American prisoners of war (POWs), including the late senator John McCain. Dubbed ironically as the “Hanoi Hilton” by POWs, the prison was demolished and converted into a museum in the 1990s. The museum can still send chills down one’s spine thanks to the presence of a genuine guillotine, life-sized figures of skeletal Vietnamese prisoners and dreary solitary cells.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the final resting place of the city's namesake
The oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, established in the sixth century
A showcase of Vietnam's matriarchal beliefs and traditions
A dazzling stage interpretation of village life in Vietnam