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Seodaemun Prison History Hall, Seoul

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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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  • Often the Nazis was the length of the city was in the midst of this there were place!! It was also the scene of my experiences have been held with young children, especially if there is a lot of thought to be studied
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  • It was a worthwhile trip and educational for us as we learnt about the prisoners of war and how they were tortured. We were able to see the cells too, the gallows and many more. Good experience!!  more »
  • I travel a lot. Worldwide, approximately 5-6 identified the best museums. This museum today I added to this list. On a visit to the Museum lay 2:00 at least. The Museum is impressive, oppressing and amused at the same time. At some point, even it was horrible. In Seoul is the best attraction for tourists. Recommend to visit.
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  • Sickeningly graphic exhibits of torture equipment and account of torture. Descriptions are heavily one sided and don't feel like a fair and accurate history. That aside this is an important piece of history, well preserved, well presented, well organised and worth a visit if you have the stomach for it.
  • Very interesting and informative museum. If you're at all interested in recent history you will definitely enjoy it. Only 3,000 won to get in so definitely worth it. If you go and actually try to learn about the war then it'll probably take 1-1.5 hours of your time.
  • Not everyone will find it interesting. Shows a lot of history between Japan and Korea. If you are into this sort of thing then you will enjoy. Defiantly not a must see. If you need to choose something to skip while you are in Seoul then this is it.
  • A very good place that i have visited many times for knowledge and learning about this sad time in Korean history
  • It's really superb experience!! It was actually a bit scary to imagine the life of the prisoner during the Japanese colonization. You will learn how Japanese treat the prisoner during the war, as well as hopes and dreams from the prisoners to be independence arose here. If you follow the route provided, you will fully enjoy your trip to the museum. It was indeed really nice to learn about the history!