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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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 Rating평점:4.5 (Based on 983 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Myeong-dong Cathedral

  • Holy place
    We love the serenity and peace in the church. You can have a quiet rest and say our prayers There are many gift shops inside the church as well. Good location at Myeong dong.
    평점:5 snowtracy2019-02-17
  • Catholic Church
    English mass at 9am. You csn still feel the coldess even if the doors are closed. The have PWD access, gives away free calendar during Christmas season til supplies last.
    평점:5 chemistrip2019-02-17
  • Unexpected saw it!
    I went shopping around Myongdong and got lost. I came upon this beautiful church. Outside, it is so beautiful at night time. I went inside, and inside was nice too. Beautiful place to go see and...
    평점:4 HiSophie42019-02-04
  • The first cathedral in Korea
    A stone's throw from the pedestrianised area at Myeong-dong. A good place to make a stop for a quiet moment of reflection.
    평점:5 Freddy W2019-02-04
  • A place of worship
    This is a serene place of worship. The architectural design of the cathedral is magnificent. We stayed inside for some time and it was very relaxing to be in such a place.
    평점:5 romyp20152019-02-03
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