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
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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 RatingRating:4.5 (Based on 1001 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Myeong-dong Cathedral

  • Solemnity inside
    Just a few minute walk from our hotel , we went there for a short prayer. We can't catch the English language mass on a Sunday since we are on a tour group which departs at 8:30 in the morning , yet...
    Rating:4 doctorfoxtrot2019-04-18
  • Pretty Place
    This is a lovely cathedral, landmark for us when navigating Myeongdong market (its easy to get disoriented)
    Rating:4 JustJules672019-04-15
  • Peace and solace in a beautiful Roman Catholic Cathedral
    The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Singapore has an important connection to Myeong-dong Cathedral in Seoul, so it was our calling to finally visit this. There is so much history in this Church...
    Rating:5 Ashley L2019-03-25
  • Roman Catholic
    For those who wish to pray and attend Roman Catholic ceremonies, this is the place to go. There is also a shop for those who just want souvenirs. The surrounding area is photograph worthy.
    Rating:5 Wanderer163201265382019-03-19
  • Towering
    I was surprised to find a Catholic Cathedral in the centre of Seoul . Towering . I really appreciated silence inside : you can stop and make a prayer in absolute silence that is really appreciable .
    Rating:5 974giuseppep2019-03-18
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