As part of its campaign to promote tourism in the wake of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Hanoi has launched a unique night tour of the Hoa Lo Prison historical relic.

The night tour, titled ‘Sacred Night – Glorious Vietnamese Spirit,’ is a joint effort between the Hoa Lo Prison relic’s management board and Hanoitourist travel agency as part of the capital city’s tourism promotion program following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hoa Lo Prison was a detention center used by the French colonists in French Indochina for political prisoners, and later used by the Vietnamese government for U.S. prisoners in wartime.

Starting from July 24, visitors will have a chance to experience the brand new 45-minute tour of the prison-turned-museum Hoa Lo at 7:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

The tour is open to visitors from 16 years old and participants are asked to dress conservatively in order to show reverence for the historical site.

The guests are also not allowed to use mobile phones, record videos, or take photos during the tour.


<em>This supplied photo shows a Hoa Lo Prison cellar at night.</em>

This supplied photo shows a Hoa Lo Prison cellar at night.

The tour, which includes sound and light effects, will provide visitors with an immersive experience that is sure to make this piece of Vietnamese history come to life.

It will also give foreigners an opportunity to learn more about the bravery and fighting spirit of the Vietnamese.

The tour will pass through the prison’s main gate, male prisoner block, political prisoner block, dark cellars, and female prisoner blocks.

Throughout the experience, guides will recount stories of Vietnamese heroes who devoted their lives for their country’s independence.

Visitors will also be gifted a souvenir from the prison’s management board after completing the tour.



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