Myeongdong Cathedral

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

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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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버스도착정보 안내
버스 번호 도착 정보
100-022  74, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul  
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

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Traveler RatingRating:4.5 (Based on 1021 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Myeong-dong Cathedral

  • There was a mass in English
    It was a Sunday and our schedule for the day is the English mass at 9 o'clock in the morning and Breakfast. I was really very happy to find out that there was an English mass in South Korea in this...
    Rating:5 JoyFranz2019-06-17
  • Myeong-dong Landmark
    This is the birthplace of the Catholic community in Korea and the National Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Seoul. Built in the late 1800's in a Gothic style but of bricks not stone. There is a small...
    Rating:5 vagabondginger2019-06-16
  • Majestic Yet Welcoming
    Made sure that I visited this church both times that I've been to Seoul. A very solemn place in the midst of the hustle and bustle of busy Myeongdong.
    Rating:5 841rizas2019-06-12
  • A Short Pilgrimage
    We were met by a Korean nun/doctor in our hotel and toured us the beautiful Myeondong Cathedral. It was a Friday and found the church service very solemn. Went back again Saturday to attend the...
    Rating:5 Tireless8882019-06-10
  • Magnificent building!
    There's much history in this Cathedral. Lovely cathedral in the midst of a bustling shopping area in Myeongdong. Quiet sanctuary inside for everyone. The Gothic architectural design is great and...
    Rating:5 RupertNg2019-06-05
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