Here are some photos I took during our time at the prison.
|Seodaemun District, with Inwang Mountain looming over the buildings. We would climb the mountain later in the day, after our visit to the prison.|
|Angela skipping across the stepping stones in the park that surrounds both Dongnimmun and Seodaemun Prison.|
|The exercise area.|
|The prison has a huge South Korea flag draped over one of the buildings: the perfect opportunity to pose for a photo.|
|The memorial hall's walls were plastered with thousands of photos of former prisoners. Most of these people were not criminals but merely protesters campaigning for Korean independence.|
|An underground chamber where patriots were interrogated and tortured.|
|The Japanese interrogated the arrested insurgents here rather than in police stations, dispatching agents from the intelligence department to Seodaemun Prison.|
|Water torture: prisoners were dowsed in water and suffocated momentarily, inducing panic and disorientation.|
|Fingernail torture: whereby a needle-like skewer was inserted beneath the prisoner's fingernails.|
|Prisoners were kept in solitary confinement before being moved to a jail.|
|The prison cells.|
|You can still see marks in the floor where prisoners improvised board games to pass the time.|
Seodaemun Prison is a pretty sobering place to visit, but nevertheless provides a fascinating window into Korea's troubled history with Japan. If you're curious about seeing it for yourself, you can get there via Dongnimmun Station on Line 3. Just head out of Exit 5 and follow the signs.