Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, An Thoi

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Also known as the coconut tree prison, Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc represents an embodiment of war crimes turned into a national heritage site. Originating in the Indochina War, the prison was divided into four areas that held over 14,000 prisoners--those who resisted French colonial rule between 1946 and 1954. It served the same purpose during the Vietnam War, except that the U.S. troops rebuilt the areas and separated them strictly for men, women, and elders with tight supervision. Exhibits display gruesome torture tools for crucifixion, boiling, and hammering teeth, as well as the infamous Catso tiger cage: a pitch-black cell, extremely hot during the day and cold during the night, which left prisoners blind and mentally unstable upon release. You can visit the prison with a tour guide service, or explore it freely on your own. Put Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our An Thoi travel route planner.
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  • Good overview of the prison with some history and examples of torture and escapes. Inside building needs some improvement. Overall a reasonable tour. 
    Good overview of the prison with some history and examples of torture and escapes. Inside building needs some improvement. Overall a reasonable tour.  more »
  • We had a trip to PQ prison. This place replicates the prison in the past. We were there at noon time and most of our group is girls. We were quite scared because everything there was like real. It... 
    We had a trip to PQ prison. This place replicates the prison in the past. We were there at noon time and most of our group is girls. We were quite scared because everything there was like real. It...  more »
  • A must see location if visiting Phu Quoc. The prison is a monument to all those who suffered and died there. Take time to walk around and try and imagine how horrible and frightening it would have... 
    A must see location if visiting Phu Quoc. The prison is a monument to all those who suffered and died there. Take time to walk around and try and imagine how horrible and frightening it would have...  more »
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  • I have to admit that we only visited because it was on route. If you've a particular interest in the Viet war it's worth a visit I'm sure. The museum itself was just one large room, mainly consisting of photos. They have conserved the grounds, many of the places the prisoners were held and the models/recreations were of relative good standard. We did spend an hour there. Free to get in and the only refreshments was a lady selling from a stall directly outside of the building.
  • Definitely worth a visit but it would be nice if they could add some real footage and leave out the propaganda. It actually makes you question if the picturing of cruelty has happened in the way they portrait it. No doubt, the war was terrible but I believe so is every war and suffering occurs on both sides. It's a very one-sided version of the history.
  • An important reminder of a dark period in Vietnam's history. A good spot to see if you have an hour or two.
  • Quite difficult to find our way, it's still interesting to see what happened and all the horrors that came along. If you are interested in Vietnam history, you should visit, otherwise, avoid. No guide emphasize the fact that it's difficult to understand and navigate
  • Phu Quoc War Prisoner Prison, or Phu Quoc Communist Prisoner Detention Center is a detention center located in An Thoi town in the southernmost tip of Phu Quoc island. During the Indochina War, this prison was called the Coconut Tree Prison. This is the central prisoner of war in the entire Republic of Vietnam, once held more than 32,000 prisoners (40,000 prisoners if included multi-period political prisoners). During the Vietnam War, prisoners of war at Prison Phu Quoc soldiers suffered torture such as crucifixion to arms, legs, and head; burning red wire stabbed into the flesh, chiseling teeth, covered with boiling water or pouring coal fire, thrown into a pan of boiling water, burned alive, buried alive ... For a period of less than 6 years (from May 6/1967 to 3/1973) Phu Quoc prisoner of war, more than 4,000 people died, tens of thousands were injured and disabled. The Phu Quoc War Prisoners' prison has a total of 12 zones (1972), numbered from zone 1 to zone 12. Particularly zones 13 and 14 were added to the end of 1972. Each prison has the capacity to store about 3,000 prisoners. In 1972, there were about 36,000 prisoners. Each prison area was divided into several subdivisions. Usually there are 4 subdivisions, within 1 zone. One division holds 950 prisoners. Division B2 is dedicated to detaining officers. The prisoners with the largest rank are Lieutenant Colonel. The Phu Quoc War Prisoner Camp is guarded by 3 military police battalions (7, 8, and 12). In addition, Phu Quoc Prison also has a criminal detention center, holding common criminals sentenced to 10 years or more, in Duong Dong town, on the western side of the island. Currently Phu Quoc Prison is one of the historic tourist attractions, which record the crimes of the United States and the Republic of Vietnam. [1]

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