Seodaemun Prison History Hall [서대문형무소역사관]

Undercover (2021); Vincenzo (2021); Mouse (2021); Graceful Family (2019); Doctor John (2019); Her Private Life (2019); He is Psychometric (2019); Player (2018); Hide and Seek (2018); Witch's Court (2017); Money Flower (2017); Criminal Minds (2017); While You Were Sleeping (2017); Mad Dog (2017); Goblin (2016-17); Father, I'll Take Care of You (2016-17); The Man Living at Our House (2016); Mrs. Cop (2016); Jang Bo-ri is Here (2014); Gap-dong (2014); Liar Game (2014); Nice Guy (2012); Giant (2010); My Sweet Seoul (2008); All In (2003); A Good Person (2003)

Lee Suk-kyu (Ji Jin-hee) is released from this prison in final episode 16 of Undercover (Eondeokeobeo/언더커버) (JTBC, 2021).

Kang Ho-chul, who was previously involved in a in-prison killing, is released from this building in episode 16 of Vincenzo (빈센조) (tvN/Netflix, 2021), and picked up by Choi Myung-hee (Kim Yeo-jin). In episode 19, Jang Han-seok (Ok Taec-yeon from 2PM) is released from here.

Kang Duk-soo (Jung Eun-pyo) is seen being released from this prison with Detective Go Mu-chi (Lee Hee-jun) present in episode 7 of Mouse (마우스) (tvN, 2021).

Han Je-kook (Bae Jong-ok) did her time at this prison and is awaited by the whole Top team upon her release in final episode 16 of Graceful Family/Elegant Family (우아한 가) (MBN, 2019).

While working at the prison, temporary prison doctor Kang Si-young (Lee Se-young) is called out to the field to attend to a prisoner with breathing trouble in episode 1 (full episode 1) of Doctor John/Doctor Yo-han (의사 요한) (SBS, 2019). As she’s unable to administer the necessary procedure to help him, the prison staff calls upon Prisoner 6238 — also known as Cha Yo-han (Ji Sung) — who has medical experience, to assist.

Cindy’s (Kim Bo-ra) father (cameo by Lee Han-wi) is released from this ‘prison’ in final episode 16 of Her Private Life (그녀의 사생활) (tvN, 2019) and his wife Eom So-hye (Kim Sun-young) awaits him with purifying tofu.

Yoon Jae-In’s (Shin Ye-eun) father is incarcerated here and Lee An (Jin-young of GOT7) gives her a lift to this prison when she comes here for a visit in final episode 16 of He is Psychometric/That Psychometric Guy (사이코메트리 그녀석) (tvN, 2019).

This is where President Chun is held in Player/The Player (플레이어) (OCN, 2018), and where he is released from (under parole) in episode 10.

Jo Pil-doo (Lee Won-jong) is released from here in episode 4 of Hide and Seek (숨바꼭질) (MBC, 2018) and Baek Do-hoon (Ahn Bo-hyun) already waits for him and chasing after him to finally get an answer to his question.

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 and left a note that he was framed in episode 24 of While You Were Sleeping (당신이 잠든 사이에) (SBS, 2017).

In episode 16 of Mad Dog (매드독) (KBS2, 2017), Choi Kang-woo (Yoo Ji-tae) was released from prison after being in jail for 10 months.

Ji Eun Tak’s (Kim Go-Eun) relatives are released from here in episode 11 of Goblin (쓸쓸하고 찬란하神-도깨비) (tvN, 2016-17), while already thinking about how they can take advantage of her again.

This is the prison Han Sung-joon (Lee Tae-hwan) is held at in Father I’ll Take Care of You (MBC, 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.

This prison appears briefly at the beginning of episode 11 of Mrs Cop 2 (미세스 캅 2) (SBS, 2016).
In Jang Bori Is Here (2014), Kang Nae-cheon (Choi Dae-chul) was locked up here.

Ryoo Tae-oh (Lee Joon) is incarcerated at this combined prison and psychiatric hospital in episode 1 of Gap-dong/Gabdong, the Memories of Murder (Gapdongi/갑동이) (tvN, 2014) and gets released in the same episode.

Ahn Min-young (Kim Tae-hoon) is released from this prison in final episode 20 of Nice Guy/The Innocent Man (세상 어디에도 없는 착한남자) (KBS2, 2012) and even if Han Jae-hee (Park Si-yeon) waits for him, he decides to turn pages and leaves her behind.

Jo Min-woo (Joo Sang-wook) is released from this prison after two years in final episode 60 of Giant (Jaieonteu/자이언트) (SBS, 2010).

Kim Young-soo (Lee Sun-kyun) recounts in final episode 16 of My Sweet Seoul/My Sweet City/My Bittersweet City (달콤한 나의 도시) (SBS, 2008) how he turned 20 at this jail.

Kim In-ha (Lee Byung-hun) is incarcerated at this prison in episode 3 of All In (올인) (SBS, 2003).

Park Joon-pil (Shin Ha-kyun) visits Han Tae-man (Myung Gye-nam) who is incarcerated at this prison in episode 8 of A Good Person/A Good Man (Joheun Saram/좋은 사람) (MBC, 2003).

Also seen in Liar Game (라이어 게임) (tvN, 2014).


The Age of Shadows (밀정) (2016)
Korean Peninsula (Hanbando/한반도) (2012)
Harmony (Hamoni/하모니) (2010)
The Last Witness (흑수선) (2001)
Hakuji no Hito (道 〜白磁の人〜/백자의 사랑: 조선의 흙이 되다) (1999)

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Seodaemun Prison History Hall [서대문형무소역사관] was a real prison built at the end of the Joseon Dynasty (around 1910), in which independence activists were jailed. This building, which now serves as a museum, is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Hyeonjeo [Hyeonjeo-dong/현저동], in the Seodaemun District [Seodaemun-gu/서대문구].

In 2021, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism –announced through the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO)– selected this museum as one of the ‘100 Must-Visit Spots in Korea’ for 2021-2022.

In K-Dramaland, the building is typically seen more in weekend K-Dramas, and more so in older K-Dramas before the existence of Iksan Prison Set.

251 Tongil-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 서대문구 통일로 251
(현저동 101)
Geolocation: 37.574692, 126.956486

Getting here
Dongnimmun Station [독립문역], Seoul Subway Line 3, Exit 4 or 5 — and you’ll be right there.

— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL
He Is Psychometric added by deanekitty29
Mad Dog added by raregem

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