Myeong-dong Cathedral, Seoul

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Besides serving as the seat of Seoul's archbishop, Myeong-dong Cathedral remains the symbol of Catholicism in South Korea. Completed in 1898, the imposing structure is dedicated to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, regarded as the patron saint of the Korean nation. Admire the towering brick building, a prominent example of the Gothic Revival style, or step inside to admire the lavishly decorated walls and stained glass windows of the interior. You can take part in mass, in English, every weekend. Plan a Seoul trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • Our vacation was complete after hearing mass at this cathedral. Beautiful and welcoming to tourists.  more »
  • 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 the...  more »
  • Myeong-dong strolling the large church eyes with stopped. Unlike the hustle and bustle of downtown Myeong-dong, in a solemn atmosphere. I think it is good to explore so as not to interfere with the believers.
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  • The Myeongdong Cathedral is an active Roman Catholic church and seat of the Archbisop of Seoul. The cathedral as between 1892-1898 and is dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Interestingly, Myeongdong Cathedral is the first church built of bricks in Korea. It is a rare example of Gothic style architecture in Asia. Here you'll find expected narrow nave with high vaulted ceiling and window seals. The interior features attractive stained glass windows, paintings on both sides of the nave near the front of the church as well as images of the disciplines behind the altar. The exterior of the building is a subtle design of various brick material, providing a simple and humble appearance, different to more ornate cathedrals you may have visited in Europe. There are religious sculpture figures in front of the church that you might want to see as well. In the end, Myeongdong Cathedral is a good attraction to see in Seoul. It is out of place in the busy, lively Myeongdong district but makes for a good break from the lights, shops and dining of this area neighbourhood. Note: Myeongdong Cathedral is open daily for visitations, you can also find the mass schedule available online.
  • I love the building structure and how quiet this place is. Very nice place to take photo and walk around the area. :) It is just beside the Myeong Dong food streets.
  • Came by 6yrs ago and loved how beautiful & peaceful it was. Was happy that I managed to attend mass on a recent visit back, loved the bookstore!
  • Beautiful cathedral. Several masses as well, in several languages. Truly a sanctuary.
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