Day 55 Seodaemun Prison Hall
Seodaemun Prison Hall is the saddest place in Korea.
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.
There are signs to guide you on a trail through the prison grounds. The first stop is a museum which contains relics and back ground information about the prison and a few notable activists. There is also a video room where they play broadcasts of interviews with two activists who survived the ordeal. When asked what gave them the strength to continue despite the atrocities committed by the Japanese soldiers, they replied that they could never betray their country. One of the survivors is a lady and she recalled spitting on a fellow comrade when he divulged secrets related to the group involved. One of the patriots mentioned that he is happy to see that Korea is now doing well.
I may not be interested in history but i have utmost respect for the people who are the quintessence of loyalty and patriotism.
|Confinement room for prisoners with leprosy|
|Exercise grounds for the prisoners. They built dividers to prevent communication between the activists.|
|Abalone porridge, 7000won.|
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