Inside Phu Quoc Prison – Hell of Earth

Located in the town of An Thoi on Phu Quoc Island in Kien Giang Province, the Phu Quoc Prison was built in 1949-1950 by the French colonists to jail those considered hostile to the colonial government.

Originally known as the Coconut Tree Prison, it came to be known as “hell on earth”.

Originally known as the Coconut Tree Prison, it came to be known as “hell on earth”.

Today, the prison is a popular tourist destination where visitors can learn about the country’s struggle for liberation.

Today, the prison is a popular tourist destination where visitors can learn about the country’s struggle for liberation.

Spanning an area of 40 hectares, the prison is surrounded by dense barbed wire fences.

Spanning an area of 40 hectares, the prison is surrounded by dense barbed wire fences.

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Spanning an area of 40 hectares, the prison is surrounded by dense barbed wire fences.

Spanning an area of 40 hectares, the prison is surrounded by dense barbed wire fences.

The barbed wire here is razor wire, much more dangerous than conventional barbed wire.

The barbed wire here is razor wire, much more dangerous than conventional barbed wire.

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Armed soldier at guard tower.

Armed soldier at guard tower.

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Entrance to the prison.

Each detention room is 5 meters wide, 20 meters long.

Each detention room is 5 meters wide, 20 meters long.

Prisoners’ room. They lie on the wood planks along the cell.

Prisoners’ room. They lie on the wood planks along the cell.

This is the infamous ‘Tiger’s cage’ at Phu Quoc prison. It is one of the most savage inventions ever, used to torture revolutionaries imprisoned here.

This is the infamous ‘Tiger’s cage’ at Phu Quoc prison. It is one of the most savage inventions ever, used to torture revolutionaries imprisoned here.

The guards invent brutal forms of punishment using tiger cages – like pouring cold water on prisoners at night, pouring salt water into or lighting fires near tiger cages during hot days.

The guards invent brutal forms of punishment using tiger cages – like pouring cold water on prisoners at night, pouring salt water into or lighting fires near tiger cages during hot days.

This container is known as savage solitary confinement B2. Ten to 15 people are packed like sardines inside.

This container is known as savage solitary confinement B2. Ten to 15 people are packed like sardines inside.

The cage is made of iron that looks like a container. It is closed all the time, making it dark and extremely hot in the morning while extremely cold at night.

The cage is made of iron that looks like a container. It is closed all the time, making it dark and extremely hot in the morning while extremely cold at night.

Guards use 45 differing torturing methods, including chiselling teeth, striking with ray-skin whips and pressing with planks.

Guards use 45 differing torturing methods, including chiselling teeth, striking with ray-skin whips and pressing with planks.

They also use radiating high pressure lamp into the eyes to blast the pupil, putting prisoners in sacks and dropping the sack into boiling water or chiselling the knee.

Nailing prisoner body, clamping prisoner under a plank and using hammer to beat the plank, and burning prisoners with fire are also some alternate methods.

They also use radiating high pressure lamp into the eyes to blast the pupil, putting prisoners in sacks and dropping the sack into boiling water or chiselling the knee.

They also use radiating high pressure lamp into the eyes to blast the pupil, putting prisoners in sacks and dropping the sack into boiling water or chiselling the knee.

Burning the lower part of the abdomen, hanging prisoners on the ceiling to beat them, choking the prisoner with soapy water are still other methods of torture.

Burning the lower part of the abdomen, hanging prisoners on the ceiling to beat them, choking the prisoner with soapy water are still other methods of torture.

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