In episode 16 of Witch’s Court / Witch At Court (마녀의 법정) (KBS2, 2017), the exterior of the building was briefly shown to indicate where ex-mayor Jo Gab-soo (Jeon Kwang-ryul) was serving out his sentence in the lead up to his execution.
Lee Byung-Soo (Choi Byung-Mo) and Baek Young-Pyo (Jung Suk-Yong) are both locked up here in episode 12 of Avengers Social Club (부암동 복수자들) (tvN, 2017). Baek Seo-Yeon (Kim Bo-Ra) visits her father inside, while Lee Soo-Gyum (Jun of U-Kiss) welcomes his father with tofu once he’s discharged.
In episode 16 of Criminal Minds (크리미널 마인드) (tvN, 2017), this was part of a flashback of a murder suspect, who witnessed the prison release of the man who killed his whole family.
Kang Pil-Joo (Jang Hyuk) gets out of this prison in episode 1 of Money Flower (돈꽃) (MBC, 2017) and Jung Mal-Ran (Lee Mi-Sook) waits for him with golden tofu (tofu with gold leaves on top) to eat.
In the news, we see Reporter Bong Doo-Hyun (Oh Eui-Sik) in front of this prison, explaining that an inmate has killed himself leaving a note that he was framed in episode 24 of While You Were Sleeping (2017) (당신이 잠든 사이에) (SBS, 2017).
Ji Eun Tak’s (Kim Go-Eun) relatives where locked up here and they get out in episode 11 of Goblin (쓸쓸하고 찬란하神-도깨비) (tvN, 2016-17) already thinking about how they can take advantage of her again.
This is the prison Han Sung-Joon (Lee Tae-Hwan) stays in in Father I’ll Take Care of You (2016-17) during episode 47 and 48.
In a flashback in episode 5 of The Man Living in Our House/Man Living at My House/Sweet Stranger and Me (우리집에 사는 남자) (KBS2, 2016), we see that Go Nan-Gil (Kim Young-Kwang) was in prison here.
In Jang Bori Is Here (2014), Kang Nae-Cheon (Choi Dae-Chul) was locked up here.
Seodaemun Prison History Hall [서대문형무소역사관] was a real prison, built end of the Joseon Dynasty (around 1910), in which independence activists were jailed. Now it serves as a museum. Especially in older K-Dramas this museum figures as a prison. This was probably before the Iksan Prison Set existed. It’s also more seen in weekend K-Dramas.
This building is located in Hyeonjeo-dong [현저동], Seoul.
Adress: 251 Tongil-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울 서대문구 통일로 251
Geolocation: 37.574692, 126.956486
To get here: Dongnimmun Station [독립문역], Line 3, Exit 4 or 5 and you are right there
— submitted by Marion KDL
— Criminal Minds (2017), Witch’s Court (2017) added by Mich