Outside Main Gate at Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi Vietnam
Visitors stand outside the main entrance to Hoa Lo Prison. At right, a local tries to sell souvenirs to the tourists. Hoa Lo Prison, also known sarcastically as the Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War, was originally a French colonial prison for political prisoners and then a North Vietnamese prison for prisoners of war. It is especially famous for being the jail used for American pilots shot down during the Vietnam War.