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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. Plan a Seoul trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • I visited several years Buri. A lot of people came at Christmas. And decorate the flower as Dongdaemun LED flowers, was surrounded by a unique night atmosphere. It was resting spot and go down the stairs beneath the Cathedral of cafes, warm and there is toilet, good. I think it is worth a look at staying close enough to go all the way might not be that, when lit up at night alone.
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  • the main Catholic cathedral in Korea-Cathedral of the immaculate conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Seoul. Very beautiful neo-Gothic building of the late 19th century. At the time of its construction and the consecration of the Cathedral, located on a cliff, was the tallest building in Seoul, but today he "drowned" among the surrounding skyscrapers. Sundays very astounding abundance of believers, who come to the service, as well as how they are organized. Plays live organ.
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  • This place made me surprised about silence and space. You can walk around and think about your life. Also there’s a cafe.  more »
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  • Peaceful and quiet place in busy business area. The catholic people are coming to pray in the evening. Very beautiful place in the night time.
  • A very beautiful and solemn place in the middle of busy shopping area. Not too classic as other cathedral you found in europe but worth to visit. Basement area also have restaurant and bookshop, though bookshop is quite pricey for its accesories and stuffs. Cathedral also not too far from subway and bus stop.
  • It is nice to visit this place on a weekday and every October. Weather is awesomely good!
  • 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.
  • Great place to visit and calmly pray or reflect. Also has good Christian/Catholic bookstore.

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