Seodaemun Prison History Hall and Seollal Festivities

A couple weeks ago, Michelle and I decided to visit and explore Seodaemun prison. This prison was formerly in use from the time of it’s construction in 1907 until it’s closure in 1987. After this point, parts of the prison were preserved and rebuilt in order for the site to be re-opened as a historical exhibit. It is meant to symbolize the cruelty and oppression felt by Koreans during the Japanese ruling. My students always have something negative to say about the Japanese. Now that I’ve been educated on their deep-rooted background rivalry, I understand why there remains such hostility and aggression between both parties.

There were quite a few buildings to check out. Visitors are able to walk through original cell blocks, read about and witness re-enactments of torture methods and watch videos entailing the prisoners experiences. It was worth seeing and would I suggest checking it out. It is located just outside of exit 5 of Dongnimmun Station via the Seoul subway line 3.

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As some of you may already know, Koreans celebrate Seollal (Lunar New Year) this week. For this reason, we get a 4 day weekend! Michelle and I decided last minute that we would head to Busan through a bus tour run by the WinK (When in Korea) Facebook group. For those of you living in Korea, I suggest joining their Facebook page. At the moment, they are also running ski trips regularly and a day trip to the DMZ in late February.

Busan is the second largest city in South Korea after Seoul. It is known for its beautiful beaches, as it located on the southeastern-most tip of the Korean peninsula. Our trip (from Wednesday evening to Sunday night) includes transportation there and back (5-6 hours by bus), a beachfront Korean BBQ dinner Thursday night and our hotel which is a block away from one of the famous beaches in Busan, Gwangalli beach. We also have the option of participating in two days worth of tours or using that time to explore the city ourselves. The price for this bus trip was pretty reasonable considering everything was planned for us. It will be great to get away, enjoy a change in scenery and explore a different part of South Korea. I’ll be sure to fill everyone in when I return. Until then, I’ll keep this post short and sweet. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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2 thoughts on “Seodaemun Prison History Hall and Seollal Festivities

  1. Looks like you had fun at Seodaemun! It’s such an interesting place to visit! Happy Seollal!

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