Although there is not much left of the infamous Hanoi Hilton, the prison is still dreaded, even if only just for the mere mention of its name. Having held captive thousands of inmates over the years, the Hanoi Hilton, also known as the Hoa Lo Prison, still sends chills to many who have known of its once horrific existence.
The name “Hoa Lo” when translated can mean different things. One translation means “Hell’s hole”, the other means “fiery furnace”. It can also mean “stove” in Vietnamese. The name was originally from its street name “Pho Hoa Lo” mainly due to the many lines of stores that were selling coal-fire stoves and wood stoves during the pre-colonial times. [Read more…]