With the aim of attracting a large number of visitors after social distancing and creating a safe and friendly tourist environment in Hanoi, the management board of the Hoa Lo Prison Museum announced a lot of interesting programs.
Visitors will have an opportunity to experience the automatic voiceover system with 35 touching and fascinating stories about typical characters, events and artifacts associated with the relic.
Additionally, the management board will also introduced visitors to many documentaries on daily life, work and struggle of loyal communist soldiers at Hoa Lo Prison during the national war against foreign invaders for national independence and freedom for the nation.
In order to arouse national pride and patriotism, the management board will create favorable conditions for visitors to participate in many meaningful programs such as incense offering at the relic and exchange with historical witnesses. As announced, the first 500 visitors (counted from reopening day) will receive a special souvenir each.
To ensure the safety of visitors, the management board of the Hoa Lo Prison Museum continues taking measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus including disinfecting inside and outside of the relic, placing hand sanitizers at various places, and checking visitors' body temperature. They also require all visitors to wear face masks and keep a safe distance.
The name "Hoa Lo" means' "stove" or "furnace". The prison complex was built by the French in 1896. Originally intended to house around 450 inmates, records indicate that by the 1930s there were close to 2000 prisoners.
Many patriots, revolution leaders of Vietnam, were captured in Hoa Lo prison, such as: Phan Boi Chau, Luong Van Can, Nguyen Quyen, Ho Tung Mau, Nguyen Luong Bang… and five General Secretaries of Viet Nam Communist Party: Nguyen Van Cu, Truong Chinh, Le Duan, Nguyen Van Linh and Do Muoi...
In 1993, in order to meet the economic development of Ha Noi, the Vietnamese government retained a part of Hoa Lo to transform into a historical relic. This part located in South - East of the prison was preserved, renovated and upgraded. Here, there is a memorial monument in dedication to the Vietnamese patriotic and revolutionary fighters.By Linh Bui