Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Myeongdong Cathedral : Nice place to visit and take shelter from the hot summer as well as from the hectic shopping.

This cathedral is one of the earliest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in Korea.They said that, It was constructed of twenty types of locally fired red and gray bricks. The main building rises to 23m high while the steeple, which contains a clock, rises to 45m. It was designated National Historic Site number 258 on November 22, 1977.

Myeong-dong Cathedral is the main Catholic church in Korea and is also considered the symbol of Myeong-dong. Because of the grand, magnificent building, the beautiful Gothic interior and its municipal location the church remains a huge draw for visitors.

The construction started in 1894 and was completed in May 1898. The acute tower, which is 45 meters, makes itself stand out between the other buildings. The church buildings were built with bricks, but the color and shapes are all different. If you pass the figure of Christ standing in front of the church and go inside, you can see the magnificent inner pillars, the stained glass windows and the luxurious altar. If you turn around you will see the choir seats and the pipe organ on the 2nd floor.

On the basement floor there is a small sanctuary and at the basement graveyard the remains of the martyrs are enshrined. On Christmas Eve, a solemn midnight mass is held at the Myeong-dong Cathedral.

Local Transportation

1. From Exit No. 5 of Euljiro Ipgu Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No. 2), walk 10 minutes.
2. From Exit No. 8 of Myeong-dong Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), walk 10 minutes.

1 comment:

C. said...

Nice....very nice Cathedral.....Let the Holy Spirit dwell in this Cathedral.