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Myeongdong Cathedral

Dating back to the late 1800s, this Gothic church is the final resting place of martyrs and offers a pleasant respite from Seoul’s hectic streets. 

Myeongdong Cathedral is a revered place of worship and an influential symbol of Christianity in Korea. Visit this church to experience the spirituality and kindheartedness of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seoul and to admire its arresting architectural design. Established in 1898, Myeongdong Cathedral was the first brick church in Korea built in the Gothic style. It stands on the site of a place where religious groups had been gathering since 1784. 

Approach the cathedral via a series of staircases leading to a broad cobblestone courtyard and offering excellent views of the Gothic-style edifice. Rising above the main portal is a 148-foot-tall (45-meter) bell and clock tower. Wander around the perimeter to see multiple instances of arch windows, pilasters, rose windows and spires. At the rear of the building is a memorial statue of Kim Tae-gon Andrew, the first Korean-born Catholic priest and one of the nation’s first martyrs. 

The interior is a simple yet masterful work of art. It features a long nave that leads to the main altar, with a vaulted ceiling and arcades on either side of the aisle. Above the main entrance is a huge pipe organ. Study the stained-glass windows, which portray characters and scenes from the Bible. 

Beneath the main altar visit a crypt that stores the relics of Korean martyrs. They were fatalities of religious persecutions in the 1800s. Among them is Laurent Joseph Marius Imbert, who was a French bishop working in Asia. Pope John Paul II canonized these and other martyrs during his 1984 visit to Korea. 

Find the cathedral in the Myeongdong neighborhood of central Seoul. Get here by taking the metro to Euljiro 1-ga, Euljiro 3-ga or Myeong-dong station and then continue on foot. Surrounding the cathedral is a busy shopping district home to department stores, luxury fashion boutiques and restaurants. 

Myeongdong Cathedral is open daily and admission is free. Attend Mass services in English on Sundays. Christmas Eve attracts a huge congregation for its Midnight Mass service.


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LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong NZ$93
LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong

LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong

362, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seoul City Hall, Namdaemun Market and Gwanghwamun. Gyeongbok Palace is 1.3 mi (2 km) away. Euljilo 3-ga Station is 6 minutes by foot and Euljiro 1-ga Station is 8 minutes.

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    ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun

    ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun

    36, Sejong-daero 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sungnyemun Gate and Deoksugung Palace. Cheonggye Plaza and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park are also within 3 mi (5 km). City Hall Station is 6 minutes by foot and Seoul Station is 11 minutes.

      Lotte Hotel Seoul NZ$281
      Lotte Hotel Seoul

      Lotte Hotel Seoul

      30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Seoul hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Seoul City Hall and Lotte Department Store. Myeongdong Street and Cheonggyecheon are also within 10 minutes. Euljiro 1-ga Station is only a 2-minute walk and City Hall Station is 5 minutes.

        L'Escape Hotel NZ$249
        L'Escape Hotel

        L'Escape Hotel

        67 Teogye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Namdaemun Market and Namsan Park. N Seoul Tower and Gyeongbok Palace are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hoehyeon Station is only a 3-minute walk and Myeong-dong Station is 8 minutes.

          Hotel PJ Myeongdong NZ$86
          Hotel PJ Myeongdong

          Hotel PJ Myeongdong

          71, Mareunnae-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Korea House and Cheonggyecheon. Myeongdong Street and Namsan Park are also within 15 minutes. Euljilo 3-ga Station is 5 minutes by foot and Chungmuro Station is 6 minutes.

            ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong NZ$65
            ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong

            ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong

            302, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namsan Park, Myeongdong Street and Korea House. Cheonggyecheon and Lotte Department Store are also within 15 minutes. Myeong-dong Station is only a 4-minute walk and Chungmuro Station is 6 minutes.

              L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE NZ$135
              L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE

              L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE

              137 Toegye-ro Jung-gu, Seoul
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Myeongdong Theater, Myeongdong Street and Namsan Park. Namdaemun Market and Seoul City Hall are also within 15 minutes. Myeong-dong Station is only a 2-minute walk and Chungmuro Station is 8 minutes.

                Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Seoul Myeongdong NZ$113
                Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Seoul Myeongdong

                Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Seoul Myeongdong

                27 Myeong-dong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is steps away from Myeongdong Theater and Myeongdong Street. Namdaemun Market and Seoul City Hall are also within 15 minutes. Myeong-dong Station is only a 3-minute walk and Euljiro 1-ga Station is 8 minutes.