Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Mystical Origins of Saigon's Notorious Octagonal Prison, Khám Chí Hòa


 Chi Hoa Prison (Khám Chí Hòa) is a seven-hectare facility located in Saigon's District 10.

According to VnExpress, in 1943, to replace the Saigon Grand Prison, construction of Chi Hoa was initiated by the Japanese — who withdrew from Vietnam before its completion — and later finished by the French. On March 8, 1953, as the construction of the prison came to an end, the Saigon Grand Prison was demolished. Aside from a number of released prisoners, the remaining 1,600 were transferred, along with a guillotine, to Chi Hoa.

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