Seodaemun Prison History Museum (서대문형무소역사관)


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

Operating Hours

Mar - Oct: 9:30
- 18:00

Nov - Feb: 9:30 - 17:00


Jan 1st, The Day of Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day), Mondays
(If a holiday falls on a Monday, then the museum opens on that day, but closes
the following day (Tuesday).

Length of Tour

1 hour - 1 hour 30 minutes


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 then later executed Korean followers of the Independence Movement. 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 via the graphic systems. A large screen shows the background of its founding and the transition periods in its history. The Material 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 hope 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.

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
Children (7 - 12) 1,000 won / Group 800 won

※ Group : 30 people or more

Credit Cards Accepted


Parking Facilities

Available (Seodamun Independence Park)

Parking Fee

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: +82-360-8586


Reservations required for a school groups (100 people or more)

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