Seodaemun National Park


Seodaemun National Park

Seodaemun and Dongnimmun, symbols of the tragic modern history of Korea
Seodaemun Independence Park is located at the old site of Seodaemun Prison, a notorious death house where numerous Korean patriots who campaigned for national independence were imprisoned and tortured, often to death, during the Japanese colonial rule over Korea. At the entrance to the park, is the 14-meter Dongnimmun (“Independence Gate”) Monument (Historical Site No. 32), which was erected to represent the independence of Korea. Seodaemun Prison History Hall gives the background and history of the prison. Inside the park you can see the Patriotic Martyr Monument, the March 1st Declaration of Independence Monument and an execution building where patriotic fighters were put to death. The execution building also contains the “corpse removal exit”, which was used for stealthy disposal of corpses. You will also see watchtowers used to monitor the prison, which have been restored to their original forms. The buildings of Seoul Prison (Historical Site No. 324) remain as they were.




251, Tongil-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul


*1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Operating Hours

24 hours


N/A (Open all year round)


Euljiro 3-ga Station (Line 3)→

Dongnimmun Station (Line 3) Exit 3. Go straight for 5min

*Time Required about 25min

Jongno 3-ga Station (Line 5)→

Seodaemun Station (Line 5) Exit 3. Go straight for 16min

*Time Required about 38min



*Time Required about 16min

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