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Myeongdong Cathedral

100-022  74, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul  

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About

Myeongdong Cathedral is the very first Roman Catholic parish church in Korea. It is also the first Gothic building ever built in Korea and was designated as Historic site No. 285 in Korea. On the basement floor there is a small sanctuary where the remains of the martyrs are enshrined, and where visitors to the cathedral can pay their respects. Every May, Myeongdong Cathedral holds a cultural festival. 
The construction of the cathedral started in 1892 and was completed in 1898. Unlike most Gothic buildings, Myeongdong Cathedral was built with bricks instead of stones. It gives the cathedral a characteristic atmosphere. The splendid high ceilings inside the church and the arches in between the magnificent inner pillars show the beautiful Gothic style well. The basement is contains the remains of nine saints and martyrs, who devoted their lives to the propagation of Catholicism in Korea. Behind the cathedral, Seongmo Dongsan (St. Mary's garden) is situated. During lunch hour, pipe organs are playing here. The garden offers a peaceful resting space after visiting the cathedral.

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Address
100-022  74, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul  
Subway
Line 4 Myeong-dong 10 minutes’ walk from Exit 9
Line 2 Euljiro 1(il)-ga 15 -20 minutes’ walk from Exit 5
Line 2 Euljiro 3(sam)-ga 10 minutes’ walk from Exit 12

TripAdvisor Reviews

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Latest 5 reviews of Myeong-dong Cathedral

  • Beautiful Church
    When we visited Myeong-dong, we noticed there is a church within where we stayed. We looked for it using the map. When we reached there, one could notice the beautiful church in the heart of...
    5 prettyw0man712018-12-11
  • Beautiful Architecture
    I visited the Cathedral as it is known as one of the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Seoul. Magnificent architecture. A beautiful place to visit and chances for tourists to take great pictures.
    5 TShahrizam2018-11-14
  • Nice Gothic Revival Architecture
    I visited this national cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seoul twice during a recent visit to the city. The first time occurred on a Sunday when the church was jam-packed with...
    4 Rumples2018-11-13
  • A very solemn place at the heart of the city
    The place was located in the busy street of Myeng-dong where shopping and food establishments are located. The place was very solemn and calm. The surroundings were clean even the public was very...
    5 MommyEstee2018-11-11
  • Myeong-dong Cathedral
    Beautiful cathedral near the shopping district. It is situated on top of the hill. Lots of tourist take photos in this area. A good place to visit when you are in the area of Myeong-dong.
    4 Hanabanna232018-11-09
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