Maison Centrale was a prison built in 1886 by the French Colonial government in Hanoi French quarter to house Vietnamese political prisoners during their struggle for independance. It was later called Hoa Lo Prison and during Vietnam War, it was used as prison for US pilots, who ironically nick-named it the Hanoi Hilton.
In 1997 most of the complex was demolished to give away for development, but only parts of the old prison was preserved and turned to museum. It is interesting to see how the inmates used to live, tortured and executed.
The most famous POWs is US Senator John McCain, was shotdown in his A-4E skyhawk fighter jet when he was on his 23rd bombing mission over North Vietnam in Oct 1967. He fractured both his arms and legs whilst ejecting and almost drowned when parachuted into Tru Bach lake nearby. He spent 5 1/2 years as a POW and was released in March 1974.
His flight suit is still on display at this museum with a photo of his visit to this ex-prison in 2000.
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rodgerg (55767) 2010-05-24 4:27
Symaptic scne pof life very well collected with the attitudes of the man well collected too. Superb BG very well coloured with a superb yellow color.
magalik (6103) 2010-05-24 4:56
I already told you that you have a very beautiful gallery and your last publications confirm it. I really like your sense of photography.
Asia is the continent I dream the more to visit and it's a pleasure to discover more it with your shots.
A note very interesting also.
Well done. Have a good continuation on TE, as you deserve.
marietom (34609) 2010-05-24 5:48
Jolie composition, avec cet attelage étonnant, devant de très beaux murs.
Urs (14082) 2010-05-24 19:47
Excellent idea to shot a documentary historical photograph with will researched note. Vibrant color hues and high sharpness too. Interesting that French called their prison Maison Centrale what means Center House. Well done. Thanks for your critique of my catch shot from Kuala Kedah. I like this fishing port almost at my door step.
xuaxo (6846) 2010-05-25 8:58
Very interesting details and the mix of languages.
I never cared about McCain's life story (I'm not American ;), but now I'm impressed about what you wrote.
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2010-05-26 4:12
another great photo from Vietnam expressing the atmosphere superbly! Very good...
Have a nice day, Ivana
BennyV (16545) 2010-05-26 9:52
Great colourful scene. The tranquility of it contrasts nicely with the violent history of the location. That's another top shot for me. Thanks.
rikko77 (10861) 2010-05-26 9:54
this is a very good scene. I like the POV and the composition you chose for this daily life, colorful situation. The presence of the solitary man adds much to your shot. Congratulations!
paura (47186) 2010-12-23 17:19
Excellent colors and exposure settings to show us the interesting urban image. very well done.
kato (11630) 2013-08-01 1:13
You're capturing well this architecture and the surroundings by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive to see colorful stone building with yellow, red and black. It is interesting that the building display is written in Vietnamese and the French of a suzerain, too. And, it's impressive in tricycle driver waiting for customer in front of entrance gate as if he has nothing to do.
m (0) 2013-08-21 12:50
just saw this one on your intro page and I find this picture excellent. The clashing colors are superb and the man in the tricycle looks pretty exotic to me. Great story too, so much to learn.
Thanks and best wishes!
Cricri (117853) 2013-10-24 9:40
Note très intéressante sur cette ancienne prison, une façade bien voyante par ces couleurs et les inscriptions, tout bon le pousse-pousse avec la personne ce relaxant en attendant le client, très belle présentation
berek (49702) 2015-10-22 22:39
a well showy facade in the colors and markings, all good rickshaw with the person until this relaxing the client, beautiful presentation
mcmtanyel (21810) 2016-04-23 20:55
"Central House," what an innocuous name for a prison! I like the canary yellow facade with the red signs. It looks like your ride was waiting for you!
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (53009)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-02-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D70s
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Languages*Sprachen*Línguas*#2 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-05-24 4:14