Myeong-dong Cathedral

This is my first time to travel to South Korea, The Land of the Morning Calm. Three days before my flight, the Philippines had been threatened by Typhoon Chedeng. It made me restless as it may affect my travel plans. My prayers had been answered and I had been blessed with a good weather on the day that I was leaving for Incheon. Since I am staying in Myeong-dong and it was Easter Sunday, my goal on my first day was to visit Myeong-dong Cathedral to thank God for giving me another opportunity to travel.

Myeong-dong Cathedral is the first Gothic style cathedral in Korea and it had been a symbol of the Catholics of Korea for more than a century since its construction began in 1887. This church was designed by Father Eugene Coste and is dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

Since it was built on a hill, you will have to climb a few set of stairs to reach it. I was welcomed by several big pot of flowers as I approached the church and it made climbing up a little easier as I take pictures along the way.  It was really beautiful outside and it has a dominating presence even from afar. I also went inside to pray. I was tempted to take pictures but opted not to as a sign of respect because a Korean mass was being held while I was there. Click here for the panoramic virtual reality tour of Myeongdong Cathedral.

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Directions: From line 4 Myeongdong Station, take exit 8, then walk along Toegyero-gil St. and turn right at the intersection.

English Mass Schedule: Sunday at 9 a.m.

Visit the following websites for more details:

http://www.mdsd.or.kr

http://www.visitseoul.net

http://asiaenglish.visitkorea.or.kr

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