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Myeong-dong Cathedral (1898)*

Artist/Designer: Designer Unknown

Project Location: Seoul, South Korea

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Gothic Revival

Primary Material(s):

Religious Building

Related Website(s):

Significant Date(s):
19th Century

Additional Information:
Publications/Texts in Print-

Chu, Myŏng-dŏk, Wŏn Kim, and Ŭng-sik Im. Korean Architecture. Seoul: Kwang Jang Press, 1900.

Clark, Donald N. Christianity in modern Korea. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1986.

Mullins, Mark, and Richard Fox Young. Perspectives on Christianity in Korea and Japan: the Gospel and culture in East Asia. Lewiston: E. Mellen Press, 1995.

Additional Information

Building Address

74 Myeongdong-gil, Jeodong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Significant Dates

Construction opposed by Emperor Gojong of Korea in 1887
Cornerstone celebation on 5 August 1892
29 May 1898, it was finally dedicated and consecrated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin
Became largest building in Seoul when it was completed in 1899
relics of the Korean Martyrs who died in the 1866 persecution were moved to its crypt from the seminary in Yongsan-gu in 1900.
Pipe organ installed in 1924.
Became historic site on 22 November 1977.

Supporting designers/staff

Korean architecture, gothic revival, gothic churches, Christianity, East Asia, Seoul

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