Myeong-dong Cathedral
Myeong-dong Cathedral
4.5

The area

Address
Neighborhood: Myeongdong
Arguably Seoul’s most famous neighborhood and undoubtedly one of its most popular, Myeongdong takes shopping and eating to new heights, with hundreds of shops, restaurants, and cafes all stacked on top of one another. The rise in popularity of Korean cosmetics, fashion, and more has made this area a must-see for visitors who come and marvel at Myeongdong’s often frenetic pace and energy. Lotte and Shinsaegae’s massive department stores are also popular draws for both Korean and luxury products. The department stores, just like Myeongdong’s streets, are crowded around the clock. Myeongdong’s many street food carts are also immensely popular for their inexpensive and quirky offerings (French-fry-encrusted corn dogs, anyone?). The neighborhood’s popularity, as well as its close proximity to other popular sights and neighborhoods, makes it one of Seoul’s most popular places to stay.
How to get there
  • Myeong-dong • 4 min walk
  • Euljiro 1-ga • 6 min walk
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  • cristoph2010
    1,348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful for a modern cathedral
    Myeong-dong Cathedral is relatively modern but its architects went for a neo-Gothic look. It is beautiful. There's a crypt to check out, which is accessible from the exterior. You should definitely check out the museum next to the cathedral about the history of Catholicism in South Korea. There are short inscriptions for the various items. I got a personalized English language tour from a very kind and knowledgeable worker/volunteer.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 15, 2023
  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, United Kingdom185,732 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty Neo-Gotic Building
    A church has been at this location since the late 19th century when the Apostolic Vicar of Korea sought land to build a church in Seoul. The church is a Neo-Gothic building with heavy use of red, grey and white bricks perhaps with slight influence of Brick Gothic and Japanese Red Brick Architecture. Otherwise, the building is very typical of Gothic style. The interior of the church is as lavishly decorated as you’d normally expect for the seat of the Archbishop of a large city like Seoul. There are stained glass windows throughout the building, the most elaborate decorate the high altar and contain over a dozen scenes depicting the life and times of Jesus. While the reredos are murals of the apostles and disciples. The church is an active place of worship, so you do have to be careful when visiting.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 23, 2024
  • Flyn1170
    300 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Cathedral
    Beautiful Cathedral. Beautiful place of worship. Mass in English at 9am Sunday was full! Meaningful celebration. One MUST go down to the basement of the cathedral! The restaurants, cafe and shops are an unexpected treat! Plus there is this amazing bakery here. They have superb breads baked fresh.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 10, 2024
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Ren
Arkansas75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
Gorgeous cathedral built in Gothic Revival style in the heart of Seoul. As a Catholic, I’d been wanting to visit it for a while. It was a must on my week long visit to Korea. The grounds still had their Christmas nativity scene up in early January. My only regret was I didn’t have time to stay for mass and the inside was closed because of current mass. I did have a chances
to ask for Mother Mary’s intercession at two of the statues behind and in front of the cathedral. I hope my next visit is much longer!
Written January 5, 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
A church has been at this location since the late 19th century when the Apostolic Vicar of Korea sought land to build a church in Seoul. The church is a Neo-Gothic building with heavy use of red, grey and white bricks perhaps with slight influence of Brick Gothic and Japanese Red Brick Architecture. Otherwise, the building is very typical of Gothic style. The interior of the church is as lavishly decorated as you’d normally expect for the seat of the Archbishop of a large city like Seoul. There are stained glass windows throughout the building, the most elaborate decorate the high altar and contain over a dozen scenes depicting the life and times of Jesus. While the reredos are murals of the apostles and disciples.

The church is an active place of worship, so you do have to be careful when visiting.
Written May 23, 2024
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𝓝𝓪𝓽𝔂 ® 👑
Moscow, Russia145,542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Собор построен в 19 веке и посвящен Пресвятой Деве Марии и Непорочному зачатию. Является культурным достоянием станы. Вокруг приятная благоустроенная территория.
The cathedral was built in the 19th century and is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Immaculate Conception. It is a cultural heritage of the country. Surrounded by a nice landscaped area.
대성당은 19세기에 지어졌으며 복되신 동정 마리아와 원죄 없으신 잉태를 기리는 곳입니다. 국가의 문화유산입니다. 조경이 잘 된 지역으로 둘러싸여 있습니다.
Written October 26, 2022
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cristoph2010
Toronto1,348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Myeong-dong Cathedral is relatively modern but its architects went for a neo-Gothic look. It is beautiful. There's a crypt to check out, which is accessible from the exterior. You should definitely check out the museum next to the cathedral about the history of Catholicism in South Korea. There are short inscriptions for the various items. I got a personalized English language tour from a very kind and knowledgeable worker/volunteer.
Written July 16, 2023
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Flyn1170
Singapore300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Beautiful Cathedral. Beautiful place of worship. Mass in English at 9am Sunday was full! Meaningful celebration.

One MUST go down to the basement of the cathedral! The restaurants, cafe and shops are an unexpected treat! Plus there is this amazing bakery here. They have superb breads baked fresh.
Written June 11, 2024
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KitLagahit
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We went there at sunset on a Friday afternoon. Church was open even though there was no service. A very solemn place to reflect and say some prayers. The surrounding grounds was also a great place to take pictures. Will visit again. Highly recommended especially for Catholics.
Written January 16, 2020
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jrrjr619
San Diego, CA68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This was a must see of sights on our list. We attended mass in English and were also able to participate in reconciliation just before mass started. The alter servers were very friendly and everyone spoke English. They also have a store on the grounds and a museum. Definitely worth seeing even if you’re not Catholic.
Written March 10, 2020
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EastmeetsWestAB
London, UK2,386 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
It was great to visit this cathedral. Gothic in design. Lovely at night as the cathedral has lights on. Please make sure you have at least an hour to spare as the place is quiet big.

Loved the stain glass window. Don't forget to visit the crypt.

Inside the cathedral, the ceilings are lovely. Simple but does the job.

Worth a visit.
Written February 18, 2023
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Michalis V
Athens, Greece358 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
A nice cathedral. You may find one in each western and central european city. If you have visited a few cathedrals in Europe, don’t bother to come here. On the other hand, if one has a particular interest in religion in Korea, it could be of importance. Nice place, nice surroundings.
Written September 13, 2023
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kikitan
97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
A beautiful church perch up the hill. Conveniently located near the popular Myeongdong shopping area. Very peaceful. Well decorated during the Christmas season. A must go to see place when you are at Myeongdong
Written January 4, 2020
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