Posted by: rbbadger | April 23, 2009


On Sunday, instead of going to the Cathedral, I decided to pay a visit to the Shrine of the Korean Martyrs at Jeoldusan.  Jeoldusan is where a number of early Korean Catholics were martyred.  In 1984, Pope John Paul II canonised the 103 Korean martyrs in a Mass celebrated in Seoul, the first time ever that a canonisation occured outside of Rome.

One of the first things that you see when you go the shrine is a torture stone.  This device, used on many of the martyrs involved putting a rope around the victim’s neck and tightening it through the hole in the rock. 


A statue of St. Andrew Kim Taegon, first Korean to be ordained a Catholic priest and one of the martyrs is also located on the grounds.


The church building contains three levels.  To get to the actual church itself, you have to either walk up some very steep steps or walk up a pathway.  All around the church are beautiful gardens.  We don’t often get to see things like this in urban Korea, as everything, it seems has been paved over.

cimg0773Inside the church building, there is also a museum which contains a number of things concerning the Korean martyrs, early missionaries, and quite a few other historical things.  Here is a painting of the Korean martyrs.  Counted among them is the French bishop St. Laurent Imbert.

cimg0771The visit of Pope John Paul II to South Korea hasn’t been forgotten.  Here is the chair that he used at the Mass in which the Korean martyrs were canonized.  The large candle on the right is the paschal candle, the large candle used during the Easter season, from the Mass.



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