Seodaemun Prison History Hall, Seoul

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#10 of 140 in Museums in Seoul
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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  • A bit horrified because of the former prison, but anti-mainstream when visiting here. Not too crowded and of course free access hehe
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  • I did not much like this visit, it was quite boring for me if you come for a short time in Korea, go your way...
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  • The Museum didn't disappoint! Though he was impressed to see the Koreans went through Japanese rule. I recommend a visit.
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  • An amazing museum about the Japanese occupation of Korea. The descriptions in English are very well-done. The museum reminded me a lot of Kilmanhaim Gaol in Dublin--many parallels between the British occupation of Ireland and Japan's occupation of Korea. Definitely worth a visit!
  • Interesting place to see Koreas perspective on the Japanese occupation. The information given is a little "coloured" with the Korean point of view, but it is very interesting to see.
  • I recommended if you love the history of the korea A large compound with several buildings Nice to view around
  • A very nice place where you can learn a lot in Korean history.
  • Well organized and. Good place to learn local history
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