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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 »
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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.

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