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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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  • just read review from man from Haworth in England, what a load of rubbish, I went by myself from HCMC and was met with overwhelming kindness. The place is very sad and what happened should never be fo...  more »
  • Recreation of prison conditions during the Vietnam War. Hard hitting. Lots of tour groups, which detracts from the solemnity of the experience. Worth the visit though.  more »
  • I think this entire structure should be razed to the ground... it is so propagandist as to be untrue... I speak as someone who has made the Vietnam or American War my hobby. There is a great danger th...  more »
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  • Education value is priceless. This museum is not for those who cannot bear violence because they do present a wide range of stuff that might make you feel painful at first sight (I did)
  • Place to visit if you are in the island. Really interesting about the facts happen in the Vietnamese war. They represent quite good what happen there really visual
  • Where the Vietnamese youth see back to the past of parents' struggle in Vietnam war. Where the man will choose peace or war.
  • Hard to find a transparent history place in Vietnam. Real place, real events, but not all facts are showed. Anyway. A good place to know something about the country's history
  • Very interesting place. Heart wrenching to see what humans can do to each other, however educational and very well set up to visualize the cruelty that took place here.