Myeongdong Cathedral (명동성당) is located at the shopping district of Myeongdong (명동). It is one of the first Catholic Church that was built in Korea during Joseon Dynasty despite persecutions by the then Joseon government resulting in many Catholics being martyred. The first Korean-born priest, Andrew Kim Daegeon (김대건) was martyred and is now known as a Saint.
The building is one of the few buildings in Korea that is one Gothic style. It truly stands out at the commercial area of Myeongdong.
Korea has the second largest number of Catholics in Asia (behind Philippines). That is why there are many worshippers attending Mass (church service) every Sunday. There’re quite a number of Catholics in the Korean entertainment scene such as BoA, Kim Yuna, Kim Ryeowook (Super Junior), Song Hye Kyo and Taemin (SHINee). Kim Yuna is known to be a devout Catholic who wears a rosary ring which is now known as a fashion statement in Korea. Koreans named it “Yuna’s ring”. SHINee’s Taemin wears a Rosary bracelet. During his performance for Lucifer, he dropped his rosary bracelet but was later being picked up by him when he end his performance. See here.
This place is definitely worth a visit even if you’re not a Catholic. Also, it’s located near Myeongdong Gyoja restaurant. You’ll definitely not be disappointed with the beautiful gothic building and the beautiful trees around the Cathedral.