[[CANCELLED]] Seodaemun Prison and the Independence Movement

Saturday, March 7, 2020 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Seodaemun Prison History Hall, Dilkusha, Gyeongyojang
23,000won for members; 28,000won for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Matt VanVolkenburg
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due to the coronoa virus outbreak


Seodaemun Prison

and the Independence Movement

Meeting Point:  At the Exit 4, Dongnimmun subway station (Line 3, Orange), at 1 PM. 

Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 4, 2020  by clicking here.

Join the RAS as we mark the 101st anniversary of the March First Independence Movement at Seodaemun Prison History Hall, a museum located at Seodaemun Independence Park. The prison was built in 1908 and used to imprison Korean independence activists during Japanese colonial rule. It was also used to jail pro-democracy activists in the 1970s and 1980s. After democratization in 1987, the prison was closed and converted to a museum which opened to the public in 1992. While the museum’s displays originally highlighted the torture activists suffered in vivid detail, a decade ago the museum was redesigned, and the differences in how this history is presented will be discussed. In addition to the history museum, we will also visit the nearby homes of people connected with the independence movement and learn about their stories.

Upon departure from Dongnimmun [독립문] subway station (Line 3 or orange line) we will visit the Independence Gate, which was built in 1897 by the Independence Club, which initiated Korea’s first modern political movement. We will learn about the Club’s activities and attempts to liberalize the political system and protect Korea’s independence. We will then visit the memorials of the Independence Park before walking over to the Prison Museum. On the prison grounds we will spend time at the history exhibition hall and visit jail cells, an execution room, watchtowers and the basement jail cell where activist Yu Gwan-sun died in 1920, aged 17.

From the prison we will walk to the nearby Sajik Tunnel, above which sits Dilkusha, the home of Albert and Mary Taylor, which is currently being renovated into a museum. Albert Taylor was one of the first Western correspondents to report on the March First Independence Movement, and we will learn about their time in Seoul, including their detention after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Down the street from Dilkusha is the home of Hong Nan-pa, a musician who composed Korea’s first Western-style music, as well as a participant in the March First Movement. His legacy is complicated by the fact that he wrote in support of the Japanese war in China in the late 1930s after was arrested and tortured by the Japanese. After a walk along the city wall, we will end the tour at Gyeonggyojang, the house where Kim Ku lived after his return from China after liberation, and where, in the maelstrom of post-liberation politics and division, Kim was assassinated in 1949. From there it is a short walk to Seodaemun subway station (line 5). 

Meet the group at Dongnimmun subway station on line 3 ( orange line), Exit 4, at 1PM. 

Please register your RSVP for the tour
by Wednesday, March 4 by clicking here.
Please register one RSVP at a time.

                 ☞Payment to be remitted to the following account:
         SHINHAN BANK ACCOUNT # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)


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Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
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