Here’s a closer shot of the sanctuary of Myeong-dong Cathedral. The elaborate suspended canopy on the left rests above the bishop’s chair. With a few exceptions, this sanctuary has remained more or less untouched since the time of its completion. On the wall behind the high altar are images of the twelve apostles with their names in Latin and Korean.
The choir which sings for the main Masses is really amazing. I’ve heard them sing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in a special concert at the Seoul Arts Center. For the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on January 1, they managed to sing a lovely Mass setting by the French composer Gounod. Following today’s Easter Sunday Mass with the Cardinal, they gave those of us who stayed an impromptu concert of several choral encores.
The organ in this cathedral dates from 1985 and was built by Werner Bosch Orgelbau of Niestetal, Hesse, Germany. It is one of many German instruments in Korea. The largest organ in Asia is the massive six manual, 97 rank tracker(!) organ at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul built by Karl Schuke Berliner Orgelbau.