Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sodaemun Prison Museum

Sodaemun Prison was used by the Japanese from 1907 until 1945 when Korea was occupied by Japan. It was used to house anti-colonial activists during this time. After the Japanese occupation was over, it was used until 1987 by the Korean government. Finally, it became a museum.

This museum was interesting (and shocking) because it showcased the horrifying imprisonment, torture, and deaths of Korean prisoners at the hands of the Japanese.

File photo of every Korean activist who died while in Sodaemun Prison

Close up

Torture device where sticks were driven under fingernails

Each room had a hole in the ceiling so guards could secretly watch prisoners

How to get there: Dongnimmun Station (Subway Line 3), Exit # 5

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