Built in 1949 by the French colonialists in Vietnam, Phu Quoc prison was used by the French to jail Vietnamese revolutionaries and later by South Vietnamese Government to imprison Vietcong during the Vietnam War.
Once known as “Coconut Tree Prison”, there were about 40,000 Vietnamese were detained here, and thousands of prisoners died in the prison because they couldn’t stand tortures. Whilst not for everyone, the prison is a way for travelers to learn more about Vietnam’s history and a reminder of the brutalities of war.
Phu Quoc Prison today is home to torture instruments, photographs of former prisoners and various exhibits with life sized mannequins depicting graphic scenes of what life was like in prison during its operation. The museum is ranked a special historical relic of Vietnam, the most famous site in this prison are the "tiger cages".