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    Phu Quoc Prison ("Nhà tù Phú Quốc") is located in An Thoi town in the southernmost island of Phu Quoc. The prison is known as a "hell on earth" during the Indochina War and the Vietnam War with terrible purnishment methods. 

    In 1950, the 40 ha prison was built by the French colonists to hold political prisoners. It was situated in Coconut Tree Hamlet so also called of Coconut Tree Prison ("Nhà Lao Cây Dừa").  After the Genève Agreement in 1954, the prison was closed and handed over to the Vietnam's goverment (Republic of Vietnam).

    In 1954, the goverment decided to start the renovation and turn the prison back to operation to hold the communists. Until 1972, the area was enlarged up to 400 ha with 14 zones. Each zone could hold up to 3.000 prisoners.

    Only in a short period of operation (6 years:  from June 1967 to March 1973), about 4.000 people among 40.000 prisoners died.

    In 1996, Phu Quoc Prison was recognized as the National Historic Relic and opened to welcome visitors.

     

    Contact:

    Management Department of Phu Quoc Prison

    * Address: No 350 Provincial Road 46, Duong Dong Town, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam.

    * Website:www.nhatuphuquoc.com.vn

    * Tel:  (+84 077) 3844 578

    Opening time:

    Daily Opening hours:

    + Morning:   08:00 AM – 11:30 AM

    + Afternoon: 13:30 PM – 17:00 PM

    Length of visit: 1 - 2 hours

    Fee: Free entrance fee / Tip for guide is welcome.

    Tips:

     - War is always horrible and if you are not prepared for seeing those photograph evidences and relics, you may need to consider again about your visit to this historic site.

    - The historic site is definitely NOT suitable for young children.