Myeongdong Cathedral

Seoul, South Korea

Myeongdong Cathedral


The Cathedral Church of Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception (Latin: Ecclesia Cathedralis Nostrae Dominae de Immaculatae Conceptionis; Korean: 천주교 서울대교구 주교좌 명동대성당; RR: Cheonjugyo Seoul-daegyogu Jugyo-jwa Myeongdong-daeseongdang), informally known as Myeongdong Cathedral, is the national cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seoul. Located in the Myeongdong neighborhood of Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Seoul Archbishop Peter Chung Soon-taick, the highest Roman Catholic prelate of the nation.

It is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Immaculate Conception honored as the principal Patroness of Korea by a Pontifical decree accorded by Pope Gregory XVI in 1841. The cathedral serves as a community landmark, tourist attraction, and a notable symbol of Roman Catholicism in Korea. The Korean government assigned the cathedral as a historic site (No. # 258) on 22 November 1977, making it a cultural property and asset of the country.

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