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

TripAdvisor Reviews

Traveler RatingRating:4.5 (Based on 1038 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Myeong-dong Cathedral

  • Cathedral in the city center.
    It was a surprise after the bustle of Mendong shopping streets to go to the majestic Catholic Cathedral. Very beautiful building, well-groomed area. Calm and quiet. A good place.
    Rating:5 Vera K2019-08-08
  • Beautiful
    The cathedral is beautiful during day but even more beatiful during night. Easy to find as it is located in the center of Myeongdong
    Rating:5 JosefEUC2019-08-01
  • Tranquillity in the midst of Chaotic Shopping District...
    Majestically located in the heart of Myeongdong. The ambiance is unbelievably serene. The picturesque landscape outside the cathedral made me took lots of selfies✌🏻. This is one of the best place to...
    Rating:5 yanNaeCh2019-07-17
  • Beautifully serene
    The Myeongdong Cathedral is located in Seoul's Myeongdong shopping street. The grounds were abuzz with tourists and locals alike. Since it was Christmas month, the cathedral was beautifully decorated...
    Rating:5 Speis752019-07-07
  • Beautiful and Sacred
    This place is near Myeong-dong shopping streets. I love its beautiful architecture. I wish tourists who come to South Korea will find the time to glorify God, the Creator of all the things they see...
    Rating:5 pinoybookkeeper2019-07-02
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