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Phu Quoc Prison - Where bravery stories of the Vietnam War are kept

13/01/2024 24.893

Vietnam is not only famous for the people, cuisine, natural sceneries but also our heroism history. Phu Quoc Prison is the living evidence about how much the revolutionary soldiers had sacrificed for the independence, justice, and unity of Vietnam.

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Phu Quoc Prison attracts 10,000 tourists every year, and many of them used to be soldiers in the Vietnam War. Although the war has passed, this place still receives a lot of attention from domestic and international tourists. This article will give you a brief about Phu Quoc Coconut Prison before visiting the place. 

1. What tourists need to know before traveling to Phu Quoc Prison 

Phu Quoc Prison Camp and Phu Quoc Coconut Tree Prison are different names for the prison located in the south of Phu Quoc island. It is located at 350 Nguyen Van Cu Street, An Thoi Ward, Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc Island. 

During the Indochina War, it was named Phu Quoc Coconut Tree Prison. Phu Quoc Coconut Prison was the national prison of the Republic of Vietnam, which captured 32.000 prisoners. In 1995, the Vietnamese Minister of Culture and Information had officially certified Phu Quoc Prison as a Special National Relic. 

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  • Visitors’ information:
    • Opening hours: From 8:30 am - 11:30 am and from 13:30 pm to 17:00 pm.
    • Visiting time: 1-2 hours
    • Entrance fee: Free

2. How to get to Phu Quoc Prison 

Phu Quoc Coconut Prison is 29km away from the south of Duong Dong Town. Tourists can get there by bike, car, or bus. Thus, it is recommended for you to get to Phu Quoc Prison Camp by rental bikes or cars. 

In order to get to the destination from Duong Dong Town, you need to take Cach Mang Thang 8 Street, turn left at DT45 street and continue to go until you reach the t-junction where Dien May Phu Quoc is located. From the t-junction, tourists take a left turn to DT47 street. At Ham Ninh roundabout, you need to turn left to DT46 and go for about 16 kilometers until you reach Phu Quoc Coconut Tree Prison. 

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3. Phu Quoc Prison's history

3.1 Phu Quoc Prison during French colonialism in Vietnam  

The prison was built in 1946 when the French army invaded Phu Quoc Island. At that time, the area of the prison was 40 hectares and divided into 4 sections A, B, C, D. It was considered to be the largest prison in South East Asia then.

Phu Quoc Prison Camp was carefully guarded, surrounded by barbed wire and protective light. All the guards were well-equipped with guns. 

Until 4/1954, Phu Quoc Coconut Prison had 14.000 prisoners, most of whom were male. 99 Vietnamese soldiers died in that period at this prison because of the French army’s torture. 

After Geneve Agreements in 1954, the French returned the ownership of the prison and the prisoners to the Vietnamese government. 

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3.2 Phu Quoc's Coconut Tree Prison during the Vietnam War

In 1955, after Phu Quoc Prison was transferred to the government of The Republic of Vietnam, another prison of about 4 hectares was built next to Phu Quoc Prison camp. It was then renamed Coconut Tree Prison and divided into different areas for male, female, and the elderly. 

More barbarous tortures were conducted on the communist soldiers’ bodies, such as Phu Quoc Prison tiger cage, nails hammering to foreheads or knees or high-voltage electrical shock. 

During the Vietnam War time, thousands of soldiers were dead, and tens of thousands of people were permanently wounded. 

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4. Historical relics that still remain in Phu Quoc Prison, Vietnam 

  • Prisoner graveyard

The prisoner graveyard at Phu Quoc Coconut Tree Prison is 2000m2 big and 1 kilometer away from the prison - B2 section. The graveyard was designed in the form of a circle with a monument of a large fist representing the heroic spirits of its Vietnamese predecessor. 

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Kien Van Church at Phu Quoc Coconut Tree Prison was 4000m2 big. However, there are just concrete ruins now. 

  • Exhibition house of relics

The exhibition house of relics at Phu Quoc Coconut Prison has 2 separate rooms. One room contains the history and development of Phu Quoc Coconut Tree Prison alongside some artifacts. The other holds 100 pictures and documents of how Vietnamese revolutionary soldiers were tortured. 

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  • B2 Section

B2 Section is where the tourist can see restored models of different torturing methods. There were 40 types of different brutal tortures used to punish Vietnamese revolutionary soldiers. 

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The monument was designed with the figure of a person walking out of 2 waves, which is 5 meters high. The monument is a metaphor of the martyrs and Phu Quoc Coconut Tree Prison. 

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5. Activities you can do at Phu Quoc Island's Coconut Prison 

The wax models at B2 Section were made to faithfully illustrate the torture scenes. Visitors can clearly feel the brutal reality of war when visiting B2 Section. 

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The solitary confinement room of Phu Quoc Island's Coconut Prison, where many high-ranking people in the Vietnamese army were kept, is the most haunting place for many people. It is because at this place, a lot of cruel forms of torture were conducted on Vietnamese soldiers. 

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There are a lot of torturing methods that former Phu Quoc prisoner described, such as Phu Quoc Prison's tiger cage, nails hammering to body parts, pulling out teeth by wooden stick or hammer, hot frying pan, and many more. 

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6. Accommodations when traveling to Phu Quoc Prison 

On Phu Quoc Island, there are plenty of tourist attractions. Therefore, it is necessary to choose a hotel in a convenient location which allows you to combine different tourist destinations on your trip so that you can enjoy the trip to the fullest. 

Vinpearl Phu Quoc offers a unique experience of combining natural flavors with the comfort of 5-star hotels. In addition, tourists can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, gym, kids club  and beach-side restaurants…

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7. Tips when visiting Phu Quoc Island's Coconut Prison in Vietnam 

Visitors should notice the following when visiting Phu Quoc Coconut Tree Prison: 

  • Visitors are advised to wear politely since this is a national historical relic. 
  • Don’t litter.
  • Avoid touching the artifacts.
  • The place is so vast that it is challenging to find a nearby food court, so you should prepare some snacks and water in advance. 

Phu Quoc Prison brings historical memories to life and is a special place holding Vietnamese stunning historical moments. Therefore, if you would like to explore more about war time in history, head to Phu Quoc Prison to view history in the most lively way. 

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