Seodaemun Prison & Seoul Fortress
Those of you that drop by here on occasion will know that I’ve moved north of the Han River. Given the fact that I’ve spent my whole time in Korea living in the south, it took a little time adjusting to the new change of scenery. I still miss not being close to Garosugil and Seolleung Park. But those places have been replaced with new faves like Inwangsan and Seoul Fortress.
Another attraction I discovered was close to where I now live is Seodaemun Prison. I decided to take a different route from my regular weekend walk this afternoon and cut through a very quaint neighbourhood not far from Sajik Park before finally ending up at its steel gates.
Seodaemun Prison is not an easy place to visit. Built in 1907 to imprison Korean patriots who resisted authorities during the Japanese Colonial Period, it remains a symbol of the incredible resilience of the Korean people, and paints a very brutal picture of the inhumane and barbaric treatment that befell freedom fighters during that time.
After suffering 36 years of hardship Korea was finally liberated on August 15th, 1945.