The Hanoi Presidential Palace

The Hanoi Presidential Palace of Vietnam was built by Auguste Henri Vildieu, the official French architect for Vietnam, between 1900 and 1906 to house the French Governor-General of Indochina. Like other French Colonial architecture, the palace’s design is European with the only visual cues that it is located in Vietnam being the mango trees surrounding … Read more

The Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi

The Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi was set up on July 17, 1956 inside the former French expeditionary barracks. It covers 10,000 m² and its one of seven national museums in Vietnam. Outside of the museum there are a number of military items on display, such as helicopters, tanks and MiG fighters. Inside of … Read more

The Ha Thanh (Hanoi Citadel) poisoning plot

This photograph is on display at the Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) in the exhibits section and shows those who were executed in the Ha Thanh or Hanoi Citadel (Vietnamese:Hà Thành đầu độc) poisoning plot which occurred in 1908 when a group of Vietnamese tirailleurs attempted to poison the entire French colonial army’s garrison in … Read more

The Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) guillotine

Under French rule, the Hoa Lo Prison (later known as the Hanoi Hilton) had two guillotines used for executions: Guillotine: One of 2 guillotines that the French colonialist used to cut heads of revolutionary patriotic soldiers who were imprisoned in Hoa Lo prison: Nguyen Thai Hoc, Pho Duc Chinh (1930), Nguyen Duc Canh, Ho Ngoc … Read more