Seouldestinations; Seodaemun Prison Theatre

Seodaemun Prison History Hall


                Seodaemun Prison was built at the terminate of the Joseon Dynasty.  During Japanese rule, Korean members of the Independence Movement were imprisoned in addition to tortured here. Many prisoners who entered the prison theatre never left, every bit the bulk were executed or died from injuries sustained during torture.

                 The Hall is located at Seodaemun Independence Park correct exterior of Exit v at Dongnimmun Station (Line 3). The beautiful common every bit good houses the Independence Hall, March 1st Declaration of Indepedence Monument (currently nether repair), in addition to the Patriotic Martyr Monument.

The museum consists of 7 jail cells, an exhibition hall, an execution room, watchtowers, fitness grounds in addition to the basement jail jail cellphone where Yu Gwan-sun, a telephone commutation fellow member of the independence movement,  was killed.  Much of the site is comprised of reproductions of master structures on the grounds.

                The start flooring of the museum is entitled "A Place of Reverence." Here is an impressive multimedia display nearly the prison.  History is offered through timelines, models, videos in addition to photos.   The 2d flooring houses "The National Resistance Room," "In Prison Life Room," in addition to "A Place of History" room.  The 2d floor's exhibits illustrate a truthful display of decision every bit Korean people fought for liberty in addition to held onto promise during this tragic fourth dimension inward Korean history.

                The basement is called "A Place of Experience." Here y'all volition honor the "Temporary Detention Room in addition to "Torture Room."  Visitors tin stance torture scenes amongst life size replicas. You tin every bit good endeavour on torture devices such every bit shackles in addition to baskets in addition to mash yourself into some of the torture chambers.  The basement is both educational in addition to disturbing.

                After visiting the exhibition hall visitors tin walk some the prison theatre grounds.  Many of the manly individual in addition to woman individual prison theatre cells are opened upward for display. Some cells include hands-on exhibits nearly the prisoners who occupied their cells.  Beyond this area, visitors tin stance the watchtower, fitness grounds in addition to master wooden execution room.   

                The museum is opened upward Nov through Feb from 9:30-17:00 in addition to March through Oct from 9:30-18:00.   The final admission is xxx minutes earlier closing.  Tours are self guided in addition to data is available inward Korean, Chinese, Japanese in addition to English.  If y'all would similar a guided tour inward English linguistic communication or Japanese, they are available every Lord's Day at 13:00 in addition to 14:00.  Entrance fee is 1,500 won.  For to a greater extent than data see the museums website at:



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