Buon Ma Thuot Penitentiary is located in Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak Province. Buon Ma Thuot Penitentiary for Vietnamese patriots was widened and built more concretely from 1900 to 1930 on the base of a prison. Nowadays in this exciting Buon Ma Thuot City, many young people are probably surprised when they are told that over 50 years ago the city was thinly populated, surrounded by great wild jungle and considered as unwholesome jungle, malarial water, few people in plains wanted to set their steps on this place.
At that time, there was a penitentiary (special jail for political prisoners) where had many cruel measures applied by French colonialist. If visitors want to learn about the area, the people here, they cannot help visiting this historic vestige classified by the Government. At this penitentiary, they are told stories about glorious revolutionary tradition of former communists.
Buon Ma Thuot Penitentiary is not only a crime evidence of French colonialism but also a significant training school of many persistent revolutionists of Vietnam such as: Ho Tung Mau, Phan Dang Luu, Nguyen Chi Thanh, To Huu, Hong Chuong, Bui San, Tran Van Quang, Ngo Duc De and a lot of talent revolutionists all the country. Buon Ma Thuot Penitentiary played a great important role in the August Revolution in Dak Lak. The communists who were put into this penitentiary became men of sowing revolutionary seeds on the highland.
Presently, coming to Buon Ma Thuot Penitentiary, visitors will witness such cruel evidences of French colonialist. Thereby, visitors will think of the penitentiary under the former cruel and hard regime as a hell of French colonialist. When the time passes by, those evidences still impress deeply in everybody's mind. During visitors' visitation, they will surely grieve, thrill because of observing many bilboes as well as more admire manly revolutionists who were no afraid of sacrifice, resolvedly defeated their enemy and contributed to disenthralling of nation.