Minimum Pax : 3 Time Required : 09:00~17:00 Fee: KRW93,000p/p Course: Hotel - Blue House(Pass by) - Changing
of the Guard Ceremony - Gyeongbok Palace (Deoksu Palace on
Tuesdays) - National Folk Museum - Gwanghwamun Square - Lunch
- Yakhyeon Parish Church - Shrine at Seosomun - Myeongdong
Catholic Cathedral - Ginceng Center - Hotel
Includes: Tour guide, Vehicle, Admission
fee, Hotel Pick up service, Lunch
Tour finally came out for the people who would like to
experience the Catholic culture in Korea. It is a new
and our country's very first Catholic tour package.
In 2014, Pope Francis visited
Korea for a five-day(14th, Aug ~ 18th, Aug) to attend
the 6th Asian Youth day. It¡¯s been 25 years, since Pope
John Paul II visited Korea. When Pope Francis, who has
had poor but honest life, arrived Seoul, he caught people¡¯s
eyes by using a compact car made by Kia Motors. We could
see his humility from that and it made him more popular
with people, regardless of their religions. For five
days, Pope Francis visited several cities and tried
to interact with variety of people such as young people
in the major seminary, the disabled in the rehabilitation
center and leaders of the apostolic laity, etc.
It must be an interesting tour
course which Pope Francis visited, especially in Seoul.
Join in this tour to follow the
route where Pope Francis visited and get to know what
does he do at each place, led by a well-trained tour
guide. Also, experience the Korean culture and history
and visit places beginning of Catholicism in Korea.
House On the first day of
Pope Francis visited Korea, after celebrating Holy
Mass in private at the apostolic nunciature, he made
a courtesy visit to the president of the Republic
and met the political authorities at the Blue House.
The Blue House is official
residence of the president. The symbol of the Blue
House, which is at the center of Korean politics,
is the blue tiles. The first thing that catches your
eye when you arrive at the Blue House is also the
blue tiles of the main building. The blue tiles and
the smooth roof are in beautiful harmony with Mt.
Bugaksan behind it.
Palace Gyeonbokgung Palace is a palace erected during
the reign of king Taejo, founder of the Joseon Dynasty(1392-1910)
which was the final kingdom in Korea, but it was destroyed
in the Japanese invasion of 1592. It was reconstructed
in 1868. It has 4 gates including the southern main
Folk Museum The National Folk Museum is located on the
compound of Gyeongbok palace. It shows you the traditional
life of both the ordinary people and aristocracy.
It has exhibits from all parts of Korea. There ae
displays of traditional farming methods, hunting,
weaving, cooking and other house keeping chores.
Square On the third day he
visited Korea, after Pope Francis visited the shirine
of the Martyrs of Seo So Mun, he celebrated Mass for
the beatification of Paul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 companion
martyrs at the Gwanghwamun Gate in Seoul. The Car
Parade was held through the streets in Gwanghwamun
Square. Around a million people filled the area from
the City Hall to the Cheonggye Square.
Gwanghwamun Square is located
at the center of Sejong-ro which connects Gwanghwamun
Gate and Cheonggye Square. On August 1st, 2009, the
redesigned Gwanghwamun Square opened to the public.
With the inauguration of the square, Sejong-ro, located
at the center of the 600-year-old historic city of
Seoul, was transformed into a human-centered space
that harmonizes with the beautiful scenery of Gyeongbokgung
Palace and Bukaksan Mountain.
Parish Church Yaghyun Parish Church has been originated
from a chapel of ease at Sooretgol in 1887. Selection
of site was based on proximity to the holy place
of martyrdom. The origin of the name Yak-hyun is
hill of herbs, where were abundant of herbs. Overlooking
the holy place of martyrs, the church stands for
a testimony and tribute to their faith.
Built in 1892, Yak-hyun church
was the first Gothic style brick structure in Korea.
Functionally it was a cathedral until the Myung-dong
Much of its interior had been
heavily damaged by an arson attack in 1998 but was
restored to its original form in 1999. The Yak-hyun
parish is at the heart of Korea Catholic culture.
Martyrs¡¯ Shrine On the third day, before Pope Francis
celebrated Mass for the beatification of Paul Yun
Ji-Chung and 123 companion martyrs at the Gwanghwamun
Gate, he visited the shrine of the Martyrs of Seo
So Mun in the morning.
Seosomun, the holy place of
The crossroads outside Seosomun
(One of gates of old Seoul) where now stands the
Seosomun Martyrs¡¯ Shrine was, along with Saenamteo,
one of the official execution ground under the Joseon
Dynasty. Many Christians were martyred on this site
during the persecutions of Shinyu(1801), Guihae(1839)
and Byung-in(1866). Among them, 44 martyrs of the
persecution of Guihae including Saint Paul Chong
Ha-sang and 3 of Byung-in were canonized by John
Paul 2 in 1984, and 27 martyrs who are called ¡®Servants
of God¡¯ are candidates for beatification.
Catholic Cathedral On the last day, the Holy Father, Pope
Francis conducted a concluding Mass titled ¡°Mass
for Peace and Reconciliation¡± at Myeongdong Cathedral
in downtown Seoul.
Myeong-dong Cathedral, situated
in the heart of downtown Seoul, is both the Cathedral
Church for the Archdiocese of Seoul and has become
a symbol of the presence of the Catholic Church
in Korea. In 1784, the first faith community in
Korea gathered in this place which was then known
as Myeong-Nae-Bang. In 1898, the Church was consecrated
with Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception as its
In 1900, the relics of the
martyrs who had died in the persecutions of 1839
and 1866 were moved from Yong-San seminary to the
crypt in Myeong-dong Cathedral.
Myeong-dong Cathdral is the
first brick church in Korea built in the Gothic