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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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버스도착정보 안내
버스 번호 도착 정보

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Latest 5 reviews of Myeong-dong Cathedral

5 2018-06-09 Tina L
Landmark church
No one will be able to miss the church in Myeongdong. The place is located before going into the busy shopping street of Myeongdong. At night the church is surrounded by lots of lights which provides...
5 2018-05-27 Sanjeewa L
This historical cathedral should be a must visit place
This is not just the most symbolic place for the Catholic church but a safe haven for activists during the brutal military regime in 0s and 80s.
4 2018-05-17 kurteg
Very Nice Church
Large, but relatively simply Catholic church built in the 1800s. This church had some similarities in design to Notre Dame in Paris, with the tall columns and straight-forward interior design. Mass...
3 2018-04-26 SMLove226
Lovely church with amazing art & architectural details
This cathedral is quite striking and I enjoyed taking a stroll through it to admire the stained glass windows, large scale religious paintings, and sculptures inside. There was also a pretty and...
4 2018-04-22 DantesCaulfieldGatz
Worth the Quick Visit
I stopped by this cathedral while in the area on my way to Seoul Tower. It makes for a 20-30 minute visit and it's always refreshing to get out of the noise of the city and into the peace of an...