You must be thinking, “Why would we want to visit a prison while visiting Korea?” Well because this prison played a huge role in Korea’s history of fighting for independence.
Tomorrow, March 1, marks 92 years since Koreans began fighting for their independence from Japan. (More on that in tomorrow’s post.) Upon arrest, many of these fighters were held without trial in Seodaemun Prison, often tortured and some killed.
In 1992, the site was dedicated as the Seodaemun Prison History Hall, part of Independence Park. Seven of the prison complex’s original fifteen buildings are preserved as historical monuments.
The prison serves as a reminder to all that freedom rarely comes without cost.
You can find more information about it at: www.lifeinkorea.com/Travel2/seoul/322