Coconut Tree Prison

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Otherwise known as the “Coconut Tree Prison”…It was declared a historic site in 1999 and developed into a Memorial for the 4000 people that died here, captured prisoners or “Insurgents” and “soldiers” of the Revolution during the French Colonial era and the “American War”.

The prison was originally built by the French and then revitalized under the American supported Southern Vietnamese. At its peak the prison covered a territory of about 400 hectares and housed about 40,000 prisoners.

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Today you can see some displays of the prison perimeter and some examples of what are called “Tiger Cages”…small barbed wire enclosures that confined people in the heat of the tropical sun.
There is a section of photographs of some of the prisoners that are known to have died here. There are displays with mannequins illustrating quite graphicaly various interrogation techniques.

It’s a small museum and doesn’t take too long to explore…so if you’re looking for a way to pass some time on a rainy day here or you have an interest in some of the history of Phu Quoc this is likely a way to spend an hour or hour and a half at little cost.

I didn’t spend too much time here but I thought it was important to see and know a little about the prison Memorial if I was going to spend time here in Phu Quoc. As in other places that I’ve visited in Europe or Canada for example, right here in Phu Quoc, its so hard to comprehend that such inhumane things could happen in such an idyllic spot.

Admission to the site is nominal…I think it cost 10 or 20,000 Dong…about $ 1.00 USA and its open TUESDAY to SUNDAY from 730 AM until 11:00 Am and then again from 1:30 PM until 1700 PM

CLOSED on Mondays!!