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Phu Quoc Prison, Phu Quoc Island
Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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Non eccezionale ma interessante in quanto hanno lasciato integro il campo di prigionia americano. Sono raffigurati, con una serie di manichini, tutti i metodi di tortura usati durante la guerra. L'ing... read more »Not great but interesting as they left intact the American prison camp. Are depicted, with a series of mannequins, all methods of torture used during the war. Admission is free. Hours of operation are a little strange, but we are in Viet Nam. Inform yourself before you go there and find it closed.show original
Wij bezochten de gevangenis tijdens een dagexcursie vanuit ons resort. Erg levens echt is alles neergezet. Poppen in kooien en dergelijke. Wil je weten hoe het niet moet ga dan hier naartoe. Het ja ke... read more »We visited the prison during a day trip from our resort. Very lifelike is all put down. Dolls in cages and the like. Do you want to know how not to go to here. The Yes. Nothing wrong with that but afgrijslijk to see what compatriots have done to each other.show original
There is so much information here that's great, but the visuals and real looking statues was what got me. I can't even fathom the torture that was endured; it's a good reality check.
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.
I am not a history buff but this former prison is very informative and is a sad reminder of the dark and brutal past of the country. The exhibits are well maintained except for some which are in need of repainting or minor repairs. Do come here if you like history.
Fairly well maintained and free to enter.
Thiện Nguyễn Chí
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