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Hanoi Vietnam | Old Quarter | Hoa Loa Prison | Maison Centrale


In January I visited Vietnam. This video covers my last day and a half in Hanoi. During this time I continued my exploration into the complicated history of Vietnam by visiting Hoa Lo Prison and looked into the present day from the historic Old Quarter of Hanoi.

I visited the Hoa Lo Prison, which is also known as Maison Centrale during French colonization American soldiers referred to the prison as the Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War.

The following morning before I headed to the airport, I teamed up with a local photographer for a street photography tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Some of my photos from this tour are available as prints. Visit for more info.

If you’d like to know more about the conflict in Vietnam’s history, check out the Ken Burns documentary titled The Vietnam War. It has been available for streaming on PBS and at times on Netflix.

The Calvin Chronicles

Calvin enjoys photography, travel, history, and takes every opportunity to combine all three passions. After an early taste of international travel as a military “brat”, a new passport for work travel reignited the international travel bug. As a visual journalist who believes that opinions are shaped by life experiences, he strives to give his audience a front-row seat to his adventures from around the world and around the block.

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