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Myeongdong Cathedral


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.

[Dec. 03, 2010 17:16  Input / Apr. 10, 2014 00:00  Publish]


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100-022  74, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul  
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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
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Latest 5 reviews of Myeong-dong Cathedral

5 2018-08-06 mariel c
Solemn and Beautiful
I love how mass is celebrated here despite in Korean. I have celebrated my birthday here two years in a row already and I still love the place the second time
5 2018-07-22 Sumit S
very nice and bueatiful
it was at one end of the Myeong dong shopping area, still very peaceful, it was very beautiful. loved visiting it
5 2018-07-20 fun2travel86
English Mass on Sunday
Catholic church with Sunday mass at 9 am in English. I believe the priest was of Irish descent. Food stands are set up on the street down the stairs from the church.
5 2018-07-19 sethmichaels2017
Big Cathedral
I walked in here and was astonished at how big this place is, definitely a visit if you are in Seoul.
5 2018-07-14 Margareth T
Nice religious site
The cathedral is beautiful and they have English Mass every Sunday morning at 9 am. I recommend to go on weekdays because it will be crowded on weekends.