Myeongdong Cathedral, the first Western-style brick building in Korea, was completed in May 1898. It is located at the shopping district of Myeongdong. Myeongdong Cathedral played an important role as a center of political and labor protests in the 1970s and 1980s (during the period of military governments) and became the mecca of pro-democracy activities.
It is the symbol of Korea Catholicism and the unique building of pure Gothic style at the heart of Korea. The site of Myeongdong Cathedral was the place where Catholics formed religion community right after Catholic entered Korea, and missionary secluded themselves and spread the gospel after 1830’. Bishop’s house, currently called ‘apostle hall’ is one of the oldest western type building existing in Korea.
Designation: Historical Site No. 258
Location: 74, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, 3 Toegye-ro 20-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Exit 5, Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station, Subway Line 2
Exit 12, Euljiro 3-ga Station, Subway Line 2, 3
Exit 5, 8, Myeongdong Station, Subway Line 4
English Mass: 9am on Sundays