Posted by: rbbadger | August 19, 2008

明洞大聖堂

Myeong-dong Cathedral is the mother church for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seoul.  Founded on the site of one of the earliest Catholic communities in Korea, it holds the distinction of being not only the main church of the largest archdiocese, but of having an important place in modern Korean history as well.  Unfortunately, the Cathedral is still undergoing restoration, so I am unable to give you a picture of the exterior that is really fitting.  This was taken on August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption and National Liberation Day. 

The interior was decorated in an appropriate manner for the 60th anniversary of Korean Independence.

Near the Cathedral is the Chancery, or the main offices of the Archdiocese of Seoul.  This singularly unattractive building has served as the chancery, quite possibly since the 1960s. 

Nearby is a small store I very much like.  This is a religious goods store and has a small book selection.  On the bottom floor is a GS25, a Korean convenience store.  (The main convenience stores here are GS25, 7-11, and FamilyMart.)  The combination of a GS25 with religious statuary always makes me laugh a little bit.

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