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Seodaemun Prison 서대문형무소

Seodaemun prison gate.

Seodaemun Prison 서대문형무소 is not a happy place but my visit there was a tremendously educational experience. It housed thousands of political prisoners over the course of most of the 20th century—many of whom lost their lives here, either through neglect, overwork (it was also a forced labour camp), or by way of the “body removal tunnel”. A memorial to many of Seodaemun’s victims can be seen in the photos below.

Inside the memorial chamber.
Victims of imperial aspiration.
Seodaemun prison cells.
Seodaemun prison cell door.
Stalking the cell block.
Seodamun prison grounds.
Bricks imprinted with the glyph of another forced labour camp.
Outside the execution chamber.

Read more about my experiences at Seodaemun prison in the dark side of Seoul.

South Korea 2012

A complete travelogue from one unplanned week in Seoul 서울시, South Korea. These stories are evenly divided between lengthy travelogues and brief photo galleries and are arranged in rough chronological order. View All 
  1. First Impressions of Seoul
  2. Still Images of a Modern Seoul
  3. A Crash Course in Korean Culture
  4. Learning to Love Kimchi
  5. Seodaemun Prison 서대문형무소
  6. Insadong and Cheonggyecheon
  7. Gyeongbokgung 경복궁
  8. The Dark Side of Seoul
  9. War Memorial of Korea 전쟁기념관
  10. Seoul Inspired
  11. Bongeunsa Temple 봉은사
  12. Hanok Style and Traditional Korea
  13. Seoul After Dark
  14. Final Thoughts About My First Trip to Seoul