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Seodaemun Prison & Seoul Fortress

June 19, 2011

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.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2011 13:37

    Thanks for that, Shawn. Really enjoying your new site. I’ll be dropping by a lot more often.

  2. Flash Parker permalink
    June 28, 2011 13:13

    Sensational frames, Greg! I love the stuff you dig up about SK; always interesting.

  3. June 21, 2011 18:48

    I’ve lived in Soedaemun for 14 years and one of my favorite places to visit is Soedaemun prison, been there many times. Unfortunately now, I’m leaving Korea on Thursday for good.


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