Modern-day Seoul built up outside the prison walls
Korean Independence Fighters
During the tour of the prison, there were examples of how the Korean prisoners were tortured. Some of it was crazy to think about. Water torture, mental torture, sticks under your fingernails, unspeakable things done to the female prisoners, and a crazy box filled with inward-pointing spikes that Japanese guards would shake while prisoners were kept inside.
I was already aware of the purpose of the prison, and understood some of the things that took place there, but as soon as we walked in the doors I was overcome with a somber feeling. It was eye-opening and considering this prison was used less than 70 years ago, it's simply amazing to see where this country is today.
We were really lucky to meet our new friend, Lana, who was volunteering at the prison as a guide. Her English was terrific and she really helped us understand the magnitude of what we were experiencing. I had a great time learning even more about my new home away from home, and I look forward to being able to continue to learn more.
Our gang and our awesome guide, Lana
Awesome tribute to former prisoners