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Myeongdong Cathedral, Seoul

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Besides serving as the seat of Seoul's archbishop, Myeongdong 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. A visit to Myeongdong Cathedral represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Seoul trip generator to plot your vacation.
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  • If you're in Myeongdong might as well visit this Cathedral as there isn't much to do in Myeongdong. Not sure what the hype is about for Myeongdong.  more »
  • It's refreshing to see a Gothic Catheral in the middle of the shopping area. I enjoyed a short walk around it, as I did not think it was open for people to go inside. There were many tourist taking ph...  more »
  • It was lovely early morning visit. Calm and peaceful. We enjoyed the ambience. We were out walking and came to this Cathedral in the middle of a bustling city.  more »
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  • It was lovely early morning visit. Calm and peaceful. We enjoyed the ambience. We were out walking and came to this Cathedral in the middle of a bustling city.
  • Peaceful n beautiful Church. Attended the Sunday mass which was very solemn. I pray that foreign visitors can be more respectful to the mass. God Bless All.
  • Quiet place in Myung Dong area. The underground chappel has the remain of the french priest martyr. Nice architecture to visit inside and outside.
  • The Cathedral's underground plaza, next to the Familia Church, has bookstore, gift shop, cafe and restaurant. Very nice place, a quiet zone in Meyongdong shopping district
  • A Gothic styled Catholic cathedral. Beautiful and historical. The Masses over there sound like classical concerts. Worthwhile to visit.