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Introduction

Freedom Park is a converted park which was previously the central jailand it is situated in Bengaluru, Karnataka in India.

With the former jail elements (such as residential quarters, watch tower, hanging spot and jail hospital) turned into exhibits here now, this park gives people a glimpse of life in the central jail.

History

As this was a spot which was the central jail, it holds historical significance. It housed several prominent political leaders during the 1975 Emergency.It was the place where several ex-leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani were jailed when a state of emergency was proclaimed in India, as they were leaders of the opposition party.

Freedom Park was inaugurated by the former Union Minister LK Advanihimself, and opened to public in 2008.

Layout

Most of the elements or parts of the former central jail have been mad exhibits in this park – including barracks (residential quarters for the people here), a watch tower that belonged to the jail, and the jail hospital building.

There is also the hanging spot - where convicts who were sentenced to deathwere hung – and this is reported to have provided a nerve wrecking experience to visitors.

The park also has a jogging track & a children’s play area, along with many well-maintained gardens and lawns.

Additional Information for Visitors

Freedom park is situated around 3 km away from Bengaluru’s Cantonment railway station and 2.2 km away from Majestic railway station (the main intercity railway junctions in the city). The bus terminal is next to Majestic railway station and both can be reached within 10 minutes by road.

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport is situated at a distance of about 35 km away from here. The closest metro station to this park is the Sir M Visveshvarayya Station Central College station.

The park is open to public from 5pm to 8pm on all days. No entry fee is charged for visitors here.