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Seoul Yakhyeon Catholic Church 서울 약현성당

  • +82-2-362-1891
  • yakhyeon.or.kr
447-1, Cheongpa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 중구 청파로 447-1 (중림동))

Yakhyeon Catholic Church was established as a result of Korea gaining religious freedom in the 23rd year of King Gojong’s reign (1886) and the subsequent increase of the Catholic population.

In 1891, Myeongdong Cathedral's head priest Doucet laid down the foundation stone in Hap-dong. Coadjutor bishop Coste was in charge of design and construction and the building was eventually completed in 1892.

The church was named after "Yakjeonhyeon" (藥田峴,), or a hill of medicinal herbs. This is because the place where the church is located was once a hilly area covered with medicinal herbs. Later on, "Yakjeonhyeon" was shortened to "Yakhyeon" and it became the name of the hilly area between Malli-dong and Seoul Station.

Yakhyeon Catholic Church was the first Western-style church ever built in Korea. It's Gothic architecture features a 12m-wide and 32m-long cruciform construction with low arched windows and a pointed-arch entrance gate.

Utilization information

・Information : • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-312-5220
+82-2-362-1891

・Parking Facilities : Available

Admission Fees

Free

Restrooms

Available

Interpretation Services Offered

Not available

Access

[Subway]
Get off at Chungjeongno Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 or 5), Exit 5.
Upon exiting from either Exit 4 or 5, walk until to reach the corner of Chungjeongno Barbershop (충청로이발).
Then walk 286m following the main street of Jungnim-ro.
When arrive at the corner of Sinsun Hanu (신선한우) shop, turn left and the church will be just ahead.

[Bus] Get off at the following bus stops.
*In front of Korean Economic Daily (경제신문사): 7011 (Green), 7013A (Green), 7013B (Green), 7017 (Green)
*Brown Stone, across to Korean Economic Daily: 603 (Blue), 7011 (Green), 7013A (Green), 7013B (Green), 7017 (Green) *Chungjeongno Station Exit 4: 7017 (Green), 1000, 1101, 1200, 1300, 1301, 1400, 1500, 1100, M6118, 172 (Blue), 472 (Blue), 603 (Blue), 7011 (Green) 7013A (Green), 7013B (Green)
*Chungjeongno Station Exit 2: 8601, 2500, M6117, 1301, 1000, 1100, 1002, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 172 (Blue), 472 (Blue), 600 (Blue), 602 (Blue), 603 (Blue), 7011 (Green), 7013A (Green), 7013B (Green), 7017 (Green)
*Seoul Station West Wing (Namyeong-dong direction): 163 (Blue), 261 (Blue), 262 (Blue), 263 (Blue), 604 (Blue)
*Seoul Station West Wing (opposite to the station): 163 (Blue), 261 (Blue), 263 (Blue), 503 (Blue), 604 (Blue)

447-1, Cheongpa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul


Traffic information

  • Subway Line 5 Chungjeongno (Kyonggi Univ.) (충정로(경기대입구))- 343m
  • Subway Line 2 (충정로(경기대입구))- 343m
  • Subway Line K (서울(경의중앙선))- 363.8m
  • Subway Line A Seoul (서울)- 674.7m
  • Subway Line 1 Seoul (서울)- 674.7m
  • Subway Line 4 Seoul (서울)- 674.7m

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