Seodaemun Prison History Hall [서대문형무소역사관]

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); 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); Nice Guy (2012)

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 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.

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.

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.

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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. Now it serves as a museum. Especially in older K-Dramas this museum is shown as a prison, probably before the Iksan Prison Set existed. It’s also seen more in weekend K-Dramas.

This building is located in Seoul’s neighborhood of Hyeonjeo [Hyeonjeo-dong/현저동], in the Seodaemun District [Seodaemun-gu/서대문구].

Address
251 Tongil-ro, Hyeonjeo-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울 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 are right there

— submitted by Marion KDL
Criminal Minds, Witch’s Court, Player, Doctor John added by Mich KDL
He Is Psychometric added by deanekitty29

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