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Seodaemun Prison History Hall, Seoul

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#10 of 89 in Museums in Seoul
History Museum 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. Using our world travel planner, Seoul attractions like Seodaemun Prison History Hall can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The exhibits are well presented and many have English descriptions. Also, the route is well marked, so it is easy to follow. Visited during a school vacation, so there were groups of children visiting...  more »
  • The prison museum and the surrounding area is interesting and for photographers a good place to visit. I also entered the woods in the hills behind the prison and found some flowers and bugs to photog...  more »
  • This is definitely worth it. I found it very impressive. A piece of history (WW2) that are not really known. Easy to reach by metro.
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  • This place is underrated by tourists. It's not even advertised on travel guides. But I think it's very educational and interesting. The entrance tickets are cheap so give it a try! :)
  • The history here is well preserved. The facilities are constantly being updated and fixed. There are four languages for everything (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese), so you're sure to be able to understand. It's a powerful experience!
  • A very interesting place to visit to understand how the men and women of korea fought for their independence against the Japanese. Seeing the different ways that they were tortured and the conditions of their imprisonment, one can only feel a sense of sympathy yet in awe of how they survived the war. Definitely one of our top favorite visits after touring Korea twice. If there were more English translations, I'll have given it 5 stars.
  • Interesting to grasp what japonese occupation could look like. However only few content was translated. Many school trip make the place more lively
  • Hisotrical place where korean patriots suffered from the persecution of Japanese colonization! We need to remember the sacrifice and endurance of Korean ancestors!

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