Old French Prison & Museum

Old French Prison & Museum information

admission 10,000d
Opening hours
7.30-11am & 1.30-5pm
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Son La’s Old French Prison & Museum was a French penal colony where anticolonial revolutionaries were incarcerated. It was destroyed by the ‘off-loading’ of unused ammunition by US warplanes after bombing raids, but is now partially restored. Rebuilt turrets stand guard over crumbling cells and a famous lone surviving peach tree, planted by To Hieu, a 1940s inmate.

Nearby the People’s Committee office has a small museum, with local hill-tribe displays and good views of the prison.