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Tue, 28 Feb


Seodaemun Prison History Hall

History/Culture Tour & Lecture: Seodaemun Prison

The American Women's Club has opened this guided tour of the Seodaemun Prison to BASS members. Guided by History Professor Leighanne Yuh, you will learn about the colonial period and why this period in time continues to negatively influence Korea-Japan foreign relations.

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History/Culture Tour & Lecture: Seodaemun Prison
History/Culture Tour & Lecture: Seodaemun Prison

Time & Location

28 Feb 2023, 10:00 – 11:00

Seodaemun Prison History Hall, 251 Tongil-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea

About the event

Korea was a colony of Japan from 1910 to 1945 and Seodaemun Prison acted as the main incarceration facility imprisoning many Korean independence activists, male and female. The prison expanded during the colonial era to eventually accommodate about 3000 prisoners. Even after liberation from colonial rule in 1945, the facility continued to be used as a prison until 1987 and pro-democracy activists involved in the 1960 April Revolution and who later opposed military dictatorships were also imprisoned here. This tour will provide a balanced historical explanation of the colonial period, how the colonial experience has become politicized, and why this continues to negatively influence Korea-Japan foreign relations. The tour is extremely timely given that it will take place one day before the March First national holiday, commemorating the first nation-wide Korean independence demonstration that took place in 1919.

Tour fee: 10,000 KRW + 3000 KRW admission fee Duration: approximately 1 hour

Location/Time: Meet at 10am at the ticket counter. It is located at Dongnimmun Station on subway line 3. Seodaemun Prison History Hall (

Space is limited, please RSVP.

PLEASE NOTE: The non-AWC member fee is 15,000 KRW for the tour.

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