Minimum Pax : 3 Time Required : 09:00~17:30 Fee: KRW98,000p/p Course: Hotel - Jeoldusan Martyrs' Site -
The Korean Catholic Martyrs' Museum (Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary
Cemetery on Mondays) - Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral - Duty
Free Shop - Lunch - Insadong - N Seoul Tower - Namsan Hanok
Village (Myeongdong on Mondays)
- Amethyst Factory - Hotel
Includes: Tour guide, Vehicle, Admission
fee, Hotel Pick up service, Lunch
The New Catholic Tour
which combined with ¡®Attractions of Seoul¡¯
It¡¯s a new package for the tourists
who would like to experience both the Catholic culture
in Korea and attractions of Seoul. This package is a
new and our country¡¯s very first Catholic tour.
A History of the Catholic in
After Catholicism was introduced
to Korea in the 18th century by Yi Seung-hun, more than
300 people were killed as the ruling Joseon Dynasty,
under newly ascended King Sunjo, staged a clampdown
on the Catholic Church in Korea.
The freedom to practice
their religion was officially granted to Korean Catholics
in the 1880s, 100 years after the church was founded
in the country. In that time, about 10,000 Catholics
were killed in persecutions.
In 1962, the Catholic Church
in Korea restructured. At the start of the 21st century,
there were about 4.5 million Catholics in South Korea,
or roughly 9% of the population.
In 1984, Pope John Paul
ll visited South Korea as the Catholic Church in the
country celebrated its bicentennial. It was the first
time a canonization ceremony had been held outside the
Vatican since the Middle Ages and gave South Korea the
fourth highest number of Catholic saints in the world.
In 2014, Pope Francisco
also visited to attend the 6th Asian Youth day. It¡¯s
been 25 years, since Pope John Paul II visited.
A Brief Itinerary of Catholic
& Seoul Tour
Join in this tour to experience
both Korea¡¯s Catholic culture and attractions of Seoul
on a full-day tour, led by a well-trained tour guide.
Let¡¯s visit Jeoldusan Martyrs¡¯ Site and Myeongdong Catholic
Cathedral, which you can understand the Korea Catholic
history and culture. Also, travel fascinating sites
such as Insadong Antique market and Amethyst factory
for buying interesting goods. N Seoul Tower is one of
the best places where you can look over Seoul at a glance.
On the top of the tower, if you look down the city,
you might feel relieved. The last itinerary in this
tour is Namsan hanok village which used to a Korea upper
class¡¯s village. Look around the Korean¡¯s original style
of upper class houses and gardens.
Martyrs¡¯ Shrine Jeoldusan, Korea¡¯s
premier martyrs¡¯ shrine, is the place
where many Catholic believers were martyred during
the persecutions of 1866.
This persecution resulted in the martyrdom of nine
French missionaries and precipitated two attempted
invasions, by the French fleet into Joseon. After
the hostilities had ceased the Joseon government began
to punish Catholics whom they not only blamed for
the invasion by the French but also wanted to make
an example of. While there were many more, the records
show that twenty nine people were executed in this
place. Originally called Yanghwajin, the place became
known as ¡°beheading mountain¡±
The Catholic Church acquired the property in 1956.
In 1962, a monument was erected to the martyrs. In
1967, marking the 100th anniversary of the persecution,
a church and museum were built with the hope of aiding
believers in understanding and deepening their faith.
In 1968, marking the beatification of the twenty four
martyrs, the relics of martyrs were enshrined in the
basement of the church. Presently, the shrine holds
the relics of twenty eight martyrs, including one
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 patron.
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 Cathdral is the
first brick church in Korea built in the Gothic style.
Antique Shop Alley In
Insa-dong, old, precious and traditional goods
are on display. Within alleys on each side,
there are galleries, traditional restaurants,
traditional tea houses, and cafes.
There are about 100 galleries
in this area and you can experience many traditional
Korean fine art from paintings to sculptures.
The tea houses and restaurants
are in harmony with the galleries. Take the
time to stroll around the twisting alleyways
and enjoy your free time with a cup of Korean
Insa-dong is a favorite
stop for tourists who know that this is the
place to find a perfect gift to take back home.
Let's experience and see traditional Korean
culture firsthand, and also purchase pieces
of fine art.
Seoul Tower The center of Seoul, The symbol of
N Seoul Tower is one of the best places where
you can look over Seoul at a glance. On the
top of the tower,if you look down the at the
city nightscape, you might feel relieved.
The view is so stunning that many consider
Seoul Tower the best tower in Asia.
In Dec 2005. With the
new lighting system and changes to the tower¡¯s
overall color scheme, event coordinators can
now decorate the tower for each new season
or event. Currently, an ongoing lighting theme
titled ¡®Flower of Seoul,¡¯ uses searchlights
to light up the tower each night from 7pm
Visitors are encouraged
to try the N Grill western-style restaurant
revolving restaurant (one rotation every 48
minutes) and the Sky Restroom (an artfully
decorated space). Both offer breathtaking
views of the cityscape.
Hanok Village Namsangol Hanok Village
is a collection of five hanoks from the Joseon
Dynasty. The interiors of each of these five
houses reflect owners from different walks of
life, from the middle class to the upper class.
Almost all hanoks are built in the rectangular
shape of the Korean letter "¤±" with
an outdoor courtyard centered in the middle.
The main areas of a hanok house include a sarangchae
for greeting guests, an anchae where the lady
of the house resided and a daemunganchae which
is just inside the main gate of the house.