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Coconut Tree Prison

Coconut Tree Prison, just 5 km from An Thoi Town. It was constructed before the Second World War by the French and was also used by US troops during the Vietnam War to hold their prisoners. Plans are underway to build a huge monument to replace the current shed that marks the spot.

The War Memorial is close to the Coconut Tree Prison. It was constructed as a heritage site. It has been constructed as three abstract waveforms with a human cut out shape.

The prison was built by the French colonial administration before World War II and was later used by the Americans during the Vietnam War to house tens of thousands of prisoners, in its heyday covered an area of over 40 hectares housing an estimated peak of 40,000 VC prisons during the Vietnam War. Across the road from the prison there is a large commemorative monument, with plans to build a decent museum, to replace the small shed that currently exists there (open Tues - Sun 7.30am to 11am & 1.30pm to 5pm).