Seodaemun Prison History Museum (서대문형무소역사관)
Seodaemun Prison History Hall is a special museum located at Seodaemun Independence Park. It was built near the end of the Joseon Dynasty (~1910), and was where Japanese soldiers tortured and later executed Korean Independence Movement followers. Seodaemun Prison History Hall was built in remembrance of Seodaemun Prison, and to salute the Korean patriots. There you'll find seven jail cells, a historical exhibition hall, an execution room, watchtowers and a basement jail cell where Yu Gwan-sun an historic figure during the independence movement died. The 1st floor is “A Place of Reverence,” where you can learn about Seodaemun Prison through a video. A large screen shows the background of its founding and the transition periods in its history. The Reference Room has displays and information on Korea's history. The museum also holds special exhibits. The 2nd floor is “A Place of History,” where you can view the “National Resistance Room,” “Prison History Room” and the “In Prison Life Room.” This floor shows examples of how the people fought through this dark chapter in history continuing to hold on to their hopes and resolve for freedom. “A Place of Experience” is the most horrifying and dreadful place in the prison. In the “Temporary Detention Room” and “Torture Room” you will see recreated torture scenes that are frighteningly realistic. At the Seodamun Independence Park nearby you can visit the Independence Hall, the Patriotic Martyr Monument, the March 1st Declaration of Independence Monument, relic no. 32 and no. 33.
Seodaemun-gu Management Corporation
Facilities for the Handicapped
Wheelchair rental service, restrooms, parking spaces
Admission / Participation Fees
Adults (over 19) 3,000 won / Group 2,400 won
Youths (13 - 18) 1,500 won / Group 1,200 won
Children (7 - 12) 1,000 won / Group 800 won
※ Group : 30 people or more
※ Free: Children under 6, Seniors over 65, people with disabilities.
Credit Cards Accepted
Available (Seodamun Independence Park)
Bus (25 or more): 900 won per 10 min. Cars: 1,000 won for the first 30 min / 300 won for each additional 10 min
Foreign Language Intepretation Services
Availability of guided tours:
- Call the museum one week before your visit to give the docent enough time to prepare the schedule.
- Languages: English and Japanese
- Inquiries: +82-2-360-8586
Reservations required for a school groups (100 people or more)
www.sscmc.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
251, Tongil-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 서대문구 통일로 251 (현저동)
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-360-8586
* Last admission 30 min before closing.
Monday (If Monday is a holiday, then closed on Tuesday), Jan 1st, The Day of Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
Length of Tour
1 hour - 1 hour 30 minutes