Phu Quoc Prison - Shivering before the hell on earth

Phu Quoc prison (Phu Quoc prison) is a historical proof of the resilient and enduring struggles of the Vietnamese nation as well as the crimes of the colonial empire. Up to now, when the war has passed, this place is still the haunt of revolutionary soldiers and many tourists.

Address of Phu Quoc Prison is at 350, Nguyen Van Cu Street, An Thoi Commune
Address of Phu Quoc Prison is at 350, Nguyen Van Cu Street, An Thoi Commune

1. Where is Phu Quoc Prison?

2. History of Phu Quoc prison relic site

2.1. Prison on Phu Quoc Island during the French colonial period

2.2. Coconut Tree Prison in the American - Wei period

3. The remaining items at the prison in Phu Quoc

3.1. Gate of Battalion 8 military police at Phu Quoc prison

3.2. Prisoner's Graveyard inside the Prison Historical Site

3.3. Kien Van Church at the prison in Phu Quoc

3.4. Relics additional exhibition house

3.5. Division B2 in Phu Quoc Island Prison

3.6. Martyrs Memorial at Sim . Hill

3.7. Gate of 7th Military Police Battalion

3.8. Gate and house of the Prison Command at the prison in Phu Quoc

4. Historical significance of Phu Quoc prison

5. Experiences in Phu Quoc prison ruins

5.1. See firsthand the re-enactment of the torture scene in B2

5.2. Visiting solitary confinement room, torture at prison in Phu Quoc

5.3. Types of torture of the US imperialists in Phu Quoc prison

6. A few notes when going to prison on Phu Quoc island




1. Where is Phu Quoc Prison?

Phu Quoc prison is a prison located at 350, Nguyen Van Cu street, An Thoi commune, 28km from the center of Duong Dong town, Phu Quoc.


Phu Quoc Prisoner of War Prison, or Phu Quoc Communist Prisoner of War Prison, is a prison located in An Thoi ward in the south of Phu Quoc island. During the Indochina War, this prison was called Coconut Tree Jail. This is the central prisoner prison of the Republic of Vietnam, having held more than 32,000 prisoners (40,000 prisoners if including political prisoners of many periods).


During the Vietnam War, prisoners of war at Phu Quoc POW Prison were subjected to punishments and tortures such as nailing to hands, feet, and heads; Burning red-hot zinc wire piercing flesh, chiseling teeth, covering a sack with boiling water or pouring coal fire, throwing it into a pan of boiling water, burning it alive, burying it alive... Within a period of less than 6 years (from May 6/1967 to 3/1973) Phu Quoc prisoner of war camp, more than 4,000 people died, tens of thousands of people were injured and disabled.


Phu Quoc Prisoner of War Prison has a total of 12 zones (1972) numbered from zone 1 to zone 12. Particularly, zones 13 and 14 were built more at the end of 1972. Each prison area has the capacity to house about 3000 prisoners. In 1972, there were about 36,000 prisoners. Each prison is divided into several subdivisions. Usually there are 4 subdivisions, in 1 zone. One division holds 950 prisoners. Separate subdivision B2 is dedicated to the detention of officers. The prisoner with the highest rank was Colonel. Phu Quoc Prisoner of War Prison is guarded by 3 military police battalions (7, 8, 12).


In addition, Phu Quoc Prison also has a criminal prison, which holds common prisoners sentenced to 10 years or more, in Duong Dong ward, the west side of the island.


Currently, Phu Quoc Prison is one of the historical tourist attractions, where the crimes of the United States and the Republic of Vietnam are recorded.

barbed wire fence of Phu Quoc prison
barbed wire fence of Phu Quoc prison

Perhaps when coming here, tourists are curious about wartime stories, barbaric crimes that people often mention about the French colonial period, America - Wei. The faithfully reproduced stories will be the clearest evidence for the cruelty and fierceness of war.


2. History of Phu Quoc prison relic site

2.1. Prison on Phu Quoc Island during the French colonial period

The largest prison in Southeast Asia

If anyone wonders what year Phu Quoc prison was built, it was the time in 1946, when the French colonialists occupied Phu Quoc to build the largest prison in Southeast Asia. The prison at that time had an area of about 40 hectares and was divided into 4 zones A, B, C, D.

This place is guarded extremely strictly, surrounded by barbed wire fence, above with protective lights. The watchtowers and patrols are fully armed.

By April 1954, the prison had about fourteen thousand inmates, mostly men. Under the brutal torture of the French colonialists, 99 communist soldiers died.


Geneva Agreement

After the Geneva Agreement in July 1954, France returned the prison management right to Vietnam. It seemed that the war stories had ended, but no, the Coconut Tree prison entered a new, more brutal and terrifying nightmare.

Learn about Phu Quoc prison to clearly see a time of arduous war of our nation
Learn about Phu Quoc prison to clearly see a time of arduous war of our nation

Learn about Phu Quoc prison to clearly see a time of arduous war of our nation
Learn about Phu Quoc prison to clearly see a time of arduous war of our nation

2.2. Coconut Tree Jail in the American - Wei period

After handing over management rights to the Vietnamese government, at the end of 1955, a new prison was built in the old Cay Dua prison with an area of ​​about 4 hectares. At this time, the prison was called Cay Dua Prison, divided into male, female, and elderly quarters.


Brutal forms of torture such as barbed-wire tiger cages, nailing to the forehead, knees or high-voltage electricity on the body... are used on our soldiers.


During this period, Phu Quoc prison had thousands of deaths, tens of thousands of people were injured and disabled beyond treatment.

Phu Quoc prison - hell on earth during wartime
Phu Quoc prison - hell on earth during wartime

3. The remaining items at the prison in Phu Quoc

3.1. Gate of Battalion 8 military police at Phu Quoc prison

The gate of Battalion 8 military police is made of iron pillar core and solid brick, forming 2 square pillars on both sides. The monument has been restored to look exactly like the original.


3.2. Prisoner's Graveyard inside the Prison Historical Site

The prisoner's cemetery with an area of ​​about 20,000m2 is about 1km from the prison point - subdivision B2. The cemetery is designed in a circular shape, above it is a fist-shaped monument showing the indomitable, heroic and resilient spirit of our nation.