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Seodaemun Prison History Hall

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Address: 484 Tongil-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 03628, South Korea
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Learn about the independent movement of Koreans

Lively educational facility that demonstrates and memorialize the efforts paid by the people who struggled for independence. The prison was designed by the Japanese. It showed... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Lively educational facility that demonstrates and memorialize the efforts paid by the people who struggled for independence. The prison was designed by the Japanese. It showed the prison lives and the brutality of the Japanese. Detail descriptions in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese.

Thank CS W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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!!

Thank fizah s
Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the only Museums that you have to pay for, but even so I have been to this place three times now. The compound is a nice escape from the busy streets of Seoul and the information inside is very educational. They have pamphlets in English, Chinese, and Japanese. Most of the information panels are in English... More 

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Reviewed 1 February 2017

It feels like going back and living in the past. It was -4 degrees Celsius when we visited, I can feel how cold or how hot it will be to be in one of the narrow prison cells. Passing through the torture room was spine chilling/hair raising. It was sad to know the human cruelty experienced during war. I admired... More 

Thank faithsalinas14
Boblingen, Germany
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

A very enjoyable experience that has both hangul and english lettering as tour the facilities. When I went there was no guided tour, but it was easy to find your way around in the intended path as a result of arrows/signage. Incredibly cheap when I went, only 3,000 KRW and right off the subway line! Great for an afternoon visit.

Thank Travis T
Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

This former prison and history hall shows what lead up to the Japanese occupation in Korea in 1910 and what happened after that. It's a very sad history but will make you thankful for the blessings that you have. You'll see where prisoners, who fought against the Japanese soldiers were tortured, put into prison, biographies of male and female prisoners,... More 

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Ben Lomond, NSW, Australia
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Reviewed 13 January 2017

Seodaemun Prison is well worth a visit to get a perspective of the Japanese treatment of Koreans during the occupation (1895-1945). Very interesting factual information and models give you a real life perspective of what it was like and how prisoners were treated. The wall of prisoner photographs brings you to the stark reality that young or old, you could... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Right by Dongnimmun St. Exit 5. Entrnace fee is 3,000 KRW. There is a small gift shop with good souvenirs from the place. Two floors. Good piece of history

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Reviewed 12 December 2016

Every country had a war , revolution or something like that. But when you see the real places understand life has a bitter taste for them. Dont miss the photo gallery at the end of museum.

Thank Mehmet Husnu Y
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

dont expect lots of artefact, this prison is standing to remind every Koreans that not so long ago Japanese came and tried to exterminate their freedom. If you are not Japanese, you should go and pay respect. visit the adjacent building where people were put to death (hanging) and realize how much different Korea has become today.


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Walk within this area, centered on what used to be the western gate of traditional Seoul, and you'll get a glimpse of Korea’s past through the beautiful and historic buildings that are scattered throughout. Whether wandering around Deoksugung’s palace walls or touring more historically somber sites such as Seodaemun Prison, this is one of the best places for culture, architecture, and history lovers. Jeongdong in particular is a beautiful place for a stroll in spring and autumn.
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