Published Date : Nov 01, 2017 / Edited Date : Oct 18, 2022
A glimpse at the history of the Korean Catholic church through various historical figures
Learn about historical figures instrumental in shaping the history of the Korean Catholic church, including Heungseon Daewongun, who caused the severe ordeals experienced by the Catholic church, Father James Zhou Wen-mo who was the first foreign priest who opted for martyrdom in Korea, and Kang Wan-suk who hid Father Zhou in her house, while walking around Insa-dong and Bukchon area, the main scenes of their activities.
Walking Tour Details
Site of the Gwanghwamun Beatification
Original Site of the Joseon Language Society
Yun Po-sun's House
Jeongdok Pubilc Library
Site of Maeng Saseong House
Gahoe-dong Catholic Church
Seokjeong Full Moon Well
Length of tour
Exit 9 of Gwanghwamun Station (Subway Line 5)
Participants are advised to engage in experience programs, which are not included in the walking tour course, individually after the tour ends.
Beatification is a ceremony by the Catholic church honoring martyrs or those who led virtuous lives. Pope Francis held the beatification ceremony for Paul Yun Ji-chung and 123 martyr companions at Gwanghwamun Square on August 16, 2014, and a stone marker was placed there to commemorate the event.
Norakdang Hall at Unhyeongung Palace
Unhyeongung Palace was Heungseon Daewongun’s private residence, and Norakdang Hall was the central building there. King Gojong and Empress Myeongseong’s wedding ceremony took place at the hall. It is also where she took her lessons to prepare for becoming a queen after her selection.
Gahoe-dong Catholic Church
Gye-dong Catholic Church is where Father Ju Mun Mo Jacobus, the first missionary to Korea, held his first mass. Here, you can learn about the early days of the spread of Catholicism in Korea.
Reservations must be made at least three days prior to the tour date.
Group reservations up to 3people are being accepted on the line.
Additional reservations are?permitted for pre-existing reservations that do not exceed the limited number of three people per group and may be made one day prior to the tour date by 5 PM.
Reservations for the following month are available from the 15th of the current month.
Masks are required for participation in all tour programs.
Please refrain from participating in any tour programs should you be experiencing any symptoms, including fever, coughing, congestion, muscle pain, stuffy nose, and/or sore throat.
Temperature readings will be conducted for all participants prior to the tour. Those with a reading over 37.5°C are prohibited from tour participation.
Reservations for tourists 14 years & under without an accompanying adult or guardian shall be canceled on site.
[As of one day prior to the tour date] All reservations shall be canceled in the event of emergency particulate matter reduction measures taken and/or inclement weather conditions, including excessive heat waves, typhoons, heavy rain, and more, that may impede Seoul Guided Walking Tour operations.
The Seoul Guided Walking Tour administration office and tour guide affiliates are not responsible for any accidents that happen to occur during the tour program.
Reservation shall be made at least 1 week before the tour day.
The course is for tourists with mobility problems (Senior, people with disability, stroller user).
You may not use the course without an assistant (or companion) ※ At least one assistant shall accompany a tourist with mobility problem ※ In case of electric assisting device users (electric wheelchair, electric scooter users), one assistant may accompany up to 4 tourists with mobility problem
Reservation may be canceled when a guide is unavailable on the desired date and course.
Seoul Guided Walking Tour Office (02-6925-0777) will contact you to confirm reservation. (At least 5 days~1 month before tour day) Reservation may be canceled when Seoul Guided Walking Tour Office cannot reach you for more than 3 times.
Seoul Guided Walking Tour Office and Seoul culture and tourism guide are not liable for the safety accidents during the Seoul Guided Walking Tour.
All reservations are canceled when Seoul Guided Walking Tour is unavailable due to Particulate Matter Reduction Measure or other weather conditions (heat wave, typhoon, heavy rain). (As of the date before the tour day)