Seodaemun Prison History Hall, Seoul

4.4
#8 of 143 in Museums in Seoul
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
Seodaemun Prison History Hall document's the building's role as a tool of political repression, first under the Japanses colonial regime and then under numerous Korean dictatorships. Take a guided tour of the facility, which dates to 1908, to visit former cell blocks and various exhibits, such as realistic recreations of the torture methods once used within the walls there. In a separate building, you can journey through the prisoner’s experience, from torture to court appearance and finally executioner's chair. Outside, a thought-provoking memorial lists the names of those known to have died at the prison as well as those whose names are still unknown. Take a look at our Seoul trip itinerary builder app to schedule your visit to Seodaemun Prison History Hall and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Last week, I was able to participate in a night tour of the Prison Hall, complete with poetry reading and song performance based on the poems of the Korean patriots during the Japanese rule. Some of.....  more »
  • Coming to Korea I was completely ignorant to the history of the country. This trip gives excellent context to the impact the Japanese Occupation had on this country. I’d recommend anyone new to...  more »
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  • I really liked this museum! The workers could speak English at the ticket box and it was a great place to walk around. The museum was large and had a lot of interesting things to learn about. I went during winter but the view was amazing. It's also a museum where you can interact with the buildings by going and peering into the cells. You can go into a box chamber that they used to the torture. And you can see and just feel the serenity of the scene. Overall pretty easy to find by getting out of the subway station and pretty cheap!
  • Seodaemun Prison Hall has a lot of story to be told. It took important part in independence movement during Japanese occupation. It also has notable record of how cruel Japanese was. I really want to explore the whole area, but when I came it was already near closed time, so I just browse in the first building and the exterior of the prison. If you want to understand how Korean fight for their liberty, this museum is a must.
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