The Korean peninsula is a beautiful place inhabited by intelligent, spiritual and culturally vibrant individuals. Unfortunately, this area has also been the site of much conflict, recently and historically. Individuals may wish to travel to Korea to lean more about modern Korean culture and gain insight on the country in which Ilchi Lee grew up. For those who are interested in becoming educated in the recent past of the country and its people, a visit to the Seodaemun Prison in Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, is a must-do.
The Seodaemun Prison is now a museum and testament to the struggles of the Korean people during the Japanese occupation of the country in the mid-20th century. During this period, the Japanese used the jail to house individuals who had engaged in what they declared anti-colonial activities. The structure was built to accommodate 500 people and was packed to capacity during most of WWII. The prison was used by the South Korean government following the end of the occupation period in 1945 and closed for good in 1987. In 1992, it was declared a historical monument and renamed the Seodaemun Prison History Hall.
Individuals who visit the Seodaemun Prison will be able to learn much about Korea during the period of Japanese occupation. Following a tour of the site, travelers may find it helpful to engage in quiet meditation and contemplation on the nature of the world. While we may never be able to put an end to conflict and strife world-wide, practitioners of meditation and yoga can work to calm the struggles and disharmony that they encounter in their own lives. As Ilchi Lee reminds us, by starting small, we can eventually achieve great things.