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Phu Quoc Prison, Phu Quoc Island

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Also known as the coconut tree prison, Phu Quoc Prison 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. By using our Phu Quoc Island holiday planner, you can arrange your visit to Phu Quoc Prison and other attractions in Phu Quoc Island.
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  • Very biased and very propaganda. Simple information seems unrealistic and contradictory. Worth a visit if you're in the neighborhood and have been on krigsminnesmuséet in Ho Chi Minh city.
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  • A horror film-but to be experienced. I had the impression that the site is, in principle, could be reopened within a few days, if a similar situation were to arise. ...
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  • Game to watch and hear about how the prisoners were tortured. But otherwise there wasn't really anything to follow. Maybe a little boring.
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  • A percise presentation on how bad the conditions really were. I have never been to a museum like this. I absolutely loved it. There was no fee at all. Most museums don't have english translated signs but this museum had well-translated displays and they contained a lot of information. It was an open air museum and you could really feel how bad it would be to stay there.
  • Despite this being a renowned landmark on Phu Quoc there wasn't particularly much to see. It mainly focused on the torture methods used on the North vietnamese prisoners using poory maintained mannequins and badly written english text. Perhaps documenting individual prisoner stories or the day to day running of the prison would have been a more interesting way of describing the horrors that occured here. Nevertheless entrance was free of charge so worthwhile visiting if you are passing by.
  • Historically important place and good to go see. Little minus for maintenance crew letting it go slowly to baf shape.
  • A freaky museum but interesting. Don't go with children under 10.
  • A sad reminder of the brutality, pain and torture endured by the Vietnamese in years gone by. This is a mostly open air museum, which is free to enter. By western standards, the displays are basic and the information is limited but I think that takes nothing away from the lesson learnt here. We came during a very hot day, which made it very uncomfortable but I think that helped me appreciate how awful the conditions truly were.