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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

4 2018-10-21 TravelingLia
one of few old western-style building in Seoul
As everything was nearly destroyed during the Korean War, and efforts to remove traces of Japan's colonial rule of Korea, there are only a few western-style historic buildings left. This is one of...
5 2018-10-13 TuanTQ
Myeongdong Church
This is one of the best church I like. It's on the most place in Seoul. It's peaceful although many crowded place are around.
5 2018-10-12 Sandra C
In the middle of shopping
Stop by here...quiet time Don't let the stairs up scare you, there is an elevator for your use. The experience up there was worth the effort
5 2018-09-15 FayeLG97
Gorgeous at Christmas
Myeongdong cathedral is so beautiful, it sits just off one of the main strips but that area its self seems so much more relaxed and quiet that the crazy shopping streets, as I went at Christmas, the...
5 2018-09-02 rhea m
It was a place actually we landed up by chance when were shopping at myeongdong but it was so beautiful and peaceful..a must visit