Son La Former Prison & Museum

You will be told these touching stories about the soldiers together with their in-prison activities

Preserving revolutionary remains and exhibiting precious objects introducing the cultural and historical traditions of the 12 ethnic minority groups living in Son La, Son La Former Prison and Museum is a place well worth your visit.if you interest please follow our relevant topic at Paloma cruise halong

Son La Former Prison & Museum

Son La Former Prison & Museum- source: internet

Once considered as a steel prison and a hell-on-earth aiming at breaking down the prisoners’ strong struggle, this prison is a famous historical relic attracting a lot of travelers. However, in the eyes of Vietnamese revolutionary soldiers and prisoners, this prison was regarded as a school which had trained many excellent communists like Tran Huy Lieu, Xuan Thuy,Nguyen Co Thach,  Van Tien Dung, Nguyen Luong Bang, Truong Chinh, Le Duan, etc. for the Revolution of Vietnam. Walking around the complex of Son La prison and Son la museum, you can feel the resurgent history with the braveness of the Vietnamese patriotic soldiers as well as all the cruelness of the colonist.


Son La Prison is a memory keeper of Vietnam history

Son La Prison is a memory keeper of Vietnam history- source: internet

Even though French colonization period has been over for such a long time, there are still a huge number of traces existing as memory keepers for one of the Vietnam history’s darkest period. Among these historical relics, Son La Prison, with a no less notorious name Hell on Earth to describe the frightened brutality of French colonialists to Vietnamese prisoners, is thought to be one of the most famous places.

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Established in 1908 at the center of Son La town and on top of Khau Ca Hill, the prison was a tiny one at first and soon expanded to become a crucial place where there were so many political prisoners were locked. The place was notorious at the time as a cruel and terrifying jail where patriotism and resisting wills on prisoners’ mind was diminished in the bloodiest methods. However, for revolutionists locked inside Son La Jail, the place was a college where combating, solidarity and stamina spirit was enhanced. There were numerous stories about courage and tenaciousness courage of revolutionists who have resisted the colonial and were killed at this place.

Inside the prison

A corner of Son La Prison

A corner of Son La Prison – source: internet

The original construction was demolished partially after the two severe wars but Son La Prison has still conserved its major features, particularly torturing facilities and jail system inside. Although the impression of visitors to outer sceneries might be nothing special, the majority of guests crossing the entrance and entering the prison will certainly be surprised by the inside space as they have difficulty knowing the way the French colonial locked prisoners in this terrible place.

With ugly smelling and insects everywhere, the atmosphere is stifling and damp. The condition is much worse and essentials elements for human lives like air and light seem to be a luxury for the underground jails. In addition, there are also some distinctive rooms for torturing that has remained with almost complete collection of incredibly terrifying methods and items to excruciate and collect prisoners’ information. When seeing those rooms, the common feeling of travelers is horror with their fortunate and brutality as they do not have to experience the cruelty of these tools.

You will be told these touching stories about the soldiers together with their in-prison activities

You will be told these touching stories about the soldiers together with their in-prison activities- source: internet

Here, the tour guide will also tell you these touching stories about the soldiers together with their in-prison activities. Without the heroes Vietnam could not become a peaceful country as it is nowadays. Moreover, you will also get some useful information about the Son La’s twelve groups of ethnic minority, each of which has its own cultural features that is reflected through the traditional colorful clothes as well as their daily life.

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