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  
Myeong-dong (subway line 4) exit 9
Euljiro 1(il)-ga (subway line 2) exit 5
Euljiro 3(sam)-ga (subway line 2) exit 12

TripAdvisor Reviews

Traveler RatingRating:4.5 (Based on 1053 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Myeong-dong Cathedral

  • Only one
    Because the mayority of korean people deos the hinduisum of muslims and very But very little the catholic, near the su way sistem
    Rating:3 575richardm5752019-10-15
  • Nice Cathedral
    Very nice and quiet place in the center of Seoul. We discovered it during a Hop-On-Hopp-Off bus tour in the city - which we recommend very much - as you will see all major attractions during the...
    Rating:5 1matthias19622019-10-10
  • Tranquility
    So nice to walk in on a Sunday evening.. An interesting and attractive building, over 100 years old, very close to the hubub of the street markets and shopping area. An oasis of tranquility that is...
    Rating:5 Ara472019-10-10
  • serene
    love this cathedral. the facade is lovely and is clean. One thing is not easy to find the have to go through a parking lot and through a mall, then take a lift up to the cathedral.
    Rating:5 Fluffy07082019-10-08
  • very well maintained and visitors friendly
    it was an amazing old worship building. the other need church complex is very modern and well maintained. could get inside almost anytime. good place for taking picture for its european ambience...
    Rating:5 harrycah20301012019-10-06
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