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Seodaemun Prison History Museum (서대문형무소역사관)

  • Seodaemun Prison History Museum (서대문형무소역사관)
  • Seodaemun Prison History Museum (서대문형무소역사관)
  • Seodaemun Prison History Museum (서대문형무소역사관)
  • Seodaemun Prison History Museum (서대문형무소역사관)
  • Seodaemun Prison History Museum (서대문형무소역사관)
  • Seodaemun Prison History Museum (서대문형무소역사관)
  • Seodaemun Prison History Museum (서대문형무소역사관)
  • Seodaemun Prison History Museum (서대문형무소역사관)
  • Seodaemun Prison History Museum (서대문형무소역사관)
  • Seodaemun Prison History Museum (서대문형무소역사관)
  • Seodaemun Prison History Museum (서대문형무소역사관)
  • Seodaemun Prison History Museum (서대문형무소역사관)
Address
251, Tongil-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 서대문구 통일로 251 (현저동)
Inquiries
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-360-8590
Operating Hours
March-October 09:30-18:00
November-February 09:30-17:00
* Last admission 30 min before closing
Closed
Mondays (closed the following business day if Monday is a public holiday), January 1, the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
Length of Tour
Approx. 1 hr - 1 hr 30 min
  • Information
    Introduction
    Seodaemun Prison was built under the Japanese administration to imprison independence movement activists. It first opened on October 21, 1908 under the name Gyeongseong Prison. Eventually, so many activists were imprisoned that the building had to be expanded. At that time, the name changed to Seodaemun Prison on September 3, 1912. Eighty years later, the prison was turned into Seodaemun Independence Park on August 15, 1992 to commemorate the Korean patriots who were tortured in prison, giving their lives for freedom. Of the many buildings, only seven were preserved for their historical significance, among which three prison buildings and the execution site were designated as Historic Site No. 324. In 1998, the park underwent another transformation into today's Seodaemun Prison History Hall to educate the public on the importance of Korea's independence and the sacrifices of those who fought to achieve it.

    Managing Organization
    Seodaemun-gu Management Corporation

    Structure Size
    Land area 29,216 ㎡
    Building area 3,347 ㎡

    Program Information
    Youth field study

    Exhibition Hall Information
    Memorial Hall / History Hall / Experience Hall

    Main Facilities
    Exhibition halls, prison cells, execution site, Yu Gwan-sun basement prison cell, etc.

    Subsidiary Facilities
    Archives search, Museum Shop

    Restrooms
    Available

    Admission / Participation Fees
    Individuals - Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers 1,500 won / Children 1,000 won
    Groups - Adults 2,400 won / Teenagers 1,200 won / Children 800 won
    * Adults (ages 19-64) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 7-12)
    * Free admission: Preschoolers (ages 6 & under), senior citizens (ages 65 & over)

    Parking Facilities
    Available (Inquiries: +82-2-312-2958)

    Parking Fee
    [Independence Parking Lot]
    Large vehicles: 450 won per 5 min / 5,400 won per hour
    Small & mid-sized vehicles: 150 won per 5 min/ 1,800 won per hour

    Foreign Language Intepretation Services
    Docent tour available
    - Reservation required one week before visiting
    - Available in English & Japanese
    - Groups: 30 people or fewer
    - Inquiries: +82-360-8586

    Homepage
    sphh.sscmc.or.kr

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