Myeongdong Cathedral

Category : Landmark
Jan 03, 2017

Introduction

Myeongdong Cathedral is the first Roman Catholic parish church built in Korea. It is also the first Gothic building ever built in Korea and was designated as Historic site No. 285 in Korea. It is both the Cathedral Church for the Archdiocese of Seoul and has become a symbol of the presence of the Catholic Church in Korea. Myeong-dong Cathedral continues to reach out to the global community with prayer and missionary work. Myeong-dong Cathedral is the first brick church in Korea built in the Gothic style. Designated historic spot No. 258, the Myeong-dong Church has significant historical value embedded in its architecture.

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 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 the lunch hour, pipe organs are playing here. The garden offers a peaceful resting space after visiting the cathedral.

Currently, Myeong-dong Cathedral continues to reach out to the global community with prayer and missionary work. Myeong-dong Cathedral is the first brick church in Korea built in the Gothic style. Designated historic spot No. 258, the Myeong-dong Church has significant historical value embedded in its architecture. The floor plan of the church is Latin cross with a center and two side aisles, and the roof of the church is 23 meters in height. The bell tower is 45 meters tall. The architecture retains the pure Gothic style without adornments.

 

Mass Hours

Place

Time

Main Chapel (Morning)

07:00

09:00

10:00

11:00

12:00

Main Chapel (Afternoon)

16:00

17:00

18:00

19:00(The Young)

21:00

Sub Chapel

09:00(Students)

11:00(The disabled)

Sabbatine Privilege

18:00

19:00

 

 

 

English Mass

09:00

 

Admission Fees : None

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Address : 100-022 74, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

Location : Seoul-si > Jung-gu

Directions

<Subway>
Get off at Myeongdong Station (Line 4)
Use the exit 10 and walk 77m
Use the left road 395m
Go left 107m (Myeongdong-gil)
Use the left road 156m
Arrive at Myeongdong Cathedral

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Myeong-dong Cathedral, situated in the heart of downtown Seoul, is both the Cathedral Church for the Archdiocese of Seoul and has become a symbol of the presence of the Catholic Church in Korea. Myeon > READ MORE
Myeong-dong Cathedral, situated in the heart of downtown Seoul, is both the Cathedral Church for the Archdiocese of Seoul and has become a symbol of the presence of the Catholic Church in Korea. Myeong-dong Cathedral continues to reach out to the global community with prayer and missionary work. Myeong-dong Cathedral is the first brick church in Korea built in the Gothic style. Designated historic spot No. 258, the Myeong-dong Church has significant historical value embedded in its architecture. > Less more

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