Phu Quoc Prison

Attraction Phu Quoc Prison An Thoi Village, Phu Quoc Published on: 05-03-2016

1 hours 30 mins
07:30 AM - 05:00 PM
10:00 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Historic
Museum
Must see
Kids
0.90 - 0.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Coconut Tree Prison is one of Phu Quoc historical sites which is still partially in use today, located about 5kms north of An Thoi Town.

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Why Phu Quoc Prison is special ?

Phu Quoc Prison located in Kien Giang Provice, Phu Quoc Island, built from 1949 -1950 by French in order to keep 14,000 Vietnamese political prisoners,. its covers an area of 40, 000 square metres. The name of Coconut Tree Prison originated from French invasion. Phu Quoc prison has four main area to keep Vietnamese prisoners and the most important called “tiger cage” for the important Vietnamese political prisoners. French was defeated in Dien Bien Phu Vietnam in 1954 then the Phu Quoc Prisoners back to their homeland.


Vietnam War started after French War, American army rebuilt Phu Quoc prison to continue keeping Vietnamese. In this time the women, children and the old people were kept in here. US army decided to expand Phu Quoc prison with more 12 areas to keep Vietnamese soldiers. Vietnamese suffer from strictly rule in Phu Quoc Coconut Tree Prison, they had to work very hard in the day time and they had to live with poorest condition in Phu Quoc prison.



Phu Quoc prison close when Vietnam had the independent from American in the year of 1975. Today Phu Quoc prison is one of famous place for traveler when they come to Phu Quoc Island. It is the Vietnamese National Historical site.


Source: http://vietnamheritagetours.com/

What to explore at Phu Quoc Prison?

The Coconut Tree prison is the living evidence for the war crime. There are plenty of exhibits presented in the prison for visitors to learn more about the war. There are still some torture tools that was used in the past on prisoners. For example, you can witness the “Catso Tiger cage” which was used to capture the prisoners inside. Since it was closed all the time, the cage was completely dark and it is extremely hot in the morning while completely cold at night. The prisoners after being released from the Tiger cage would be blind. His/her physical and mental health conditions were strongly affected. Besides, there are more torturing activities which reflects the cruel inhuman activities of the enemies in the past like crucifixion, boiling people till death or directly breaking one’s teeth with hammer waiting for you to witness.

Source: vietnamonline.com

Selling points

  • “A must see of historical significance.”
  • “Very interesting, a good lesson for all us humans”
  • “Bit of an eye opener”
  • “Historical site of the island”
  • “"A moving experience"”
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Duration
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Estimated
89.48 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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We travelled south to the prison with little idea as to whether this would be a worthwhile trip or not but as there are limited sights on Phu Quoc Island we thought why not. And to my surprise I thought this place was excellent and informative. They have recreated a part of the larger prison camp and re-built it to it's former condition using models of soldiers and prisoners to depict many scenes throughout the quite large layout. It is free to enter and we just followed the layout in a sort of system popping into each of the barrack buildings and reading the various signs which were very informative, if seemingly a little one sided. There's even a section where you go through a tunnel which shows how some of the prisoners managed to dig there way out. Don't miss this section. Many of the models are shown being tortured in a variety of ways but the most gruesome has to be the barbwire tiger cages. Small two feet high cages only large enough to fit a person in set outside in the heat of day and cold of night where the information advises on little food and water and fires being set next to them to further burn the prisoners until their skin just came away. Must have been a terrible ordeal. Mind you most of the torture was pretty horrific and the models on display enabled you to get a good impression on how things must have been, even if again it seemed a little one sided. We spent about an hour and a half here and there were very few other visitors. Well worth the trip and I would say a must visit when on the island.

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We decided to make a pit stop on the way to Sao Beach at this prison.I can't really complain because the admission was free, and I always love visiting historical sites, but it wasn't what I was expecting. There are several bunkers with statues depicting the prison guards and prisoners with signs explaining the scenes, but I honestly left more confused then when I first came in.It's obvious the prison guards are the bad guys, as they have very angry looking faces, and the prisoners are the good guys because they "look" like innocent victims. And the signs explains how they were tortured. But that's all I got from walking through numerous buildings in this prison and reading the placards. Other than that, I have no idea who the guards and prisoners were, which sides they were on, or why they were there.I feel guilty giving a free, historical site 3 stars, but I've walked away from many other tragic sites (Alcatraz, Ground Zero, Pearl Harbor, Cu Chi, Killing Fields and Prisons in Cambodia) feeling much more informed and saddened by the stories which occurred at those places.

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not worth to go,if you not a Vietnamese.It is very boring,and nothing specially.And the toilet is so dirty!

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We travelled south to the prison with little idea as to whether this would be a worthwhile trip or not but as there are limited sights on Phu Quoc Island we thought why not. And to my surprise I thought this place was excellent and informative. They have recreated a part of the larger prison camp and re-built it to it's former condition using models of soldiers and prisoners to depict many scenes throughout the quite large layout. It is free to enter and we just followed the layout in a sort of system popping into each of the barrack buildings and reading the various signs which were very informative, if seemingly a little one sided. There's even a section where you go through a tunnel which shows how some of the prisoners managed to dig there way out. Don't miss this section. Many of the models are shown being tortured in a variety of ways but the most gruesome has to be the barbwire tiger cages. Small two feet high cages only large enough to fit a person in set outside in the heat of day and cold of night where the information advises on little food and water and fires being set next to them to further burn the prisoners until their skin just came away. Must have been a terrible ordeal. Mind you most of the torture was pretty horrific and the models on display enabled you to get a good impression on how things must have been, even if again it seemed a little one sided. We spent about an hour and a half here and there were very few other visitors. Well worth the trip and I would say a must visit when on the island.

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