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Saenamteo Catholic Holy Place of the Martyrs (새남터기념성당)

  • Saenamteo Catholic Holy Place of the Martyrs (새남터기념성당)
  • Saenamteo Catholic Holy Place of the Martyrs (새남터기념성당)
  • Saenamteo Catholic Holy Place of the Martyrs (새남터기념성당)
  • Saenamteo Catholic Holy Place of the Martyrs (새남터기념성당)
  • Saenamteo Catholic Holy Place of the Martyrs (새남터기념성당)
Address
80-8, Ichon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 용산구 이촌로 80-8 (이촌동)
Type
Temples/ Religious Sites
Inquiries
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-716-1791
Homepage
www.saenamteo.or.kr (Korean, English)
  • Information
    Introduction
    When taking the subway from Seoul Station to Yongsan Station, you will notice a tall and distinct hanok (traditional Korean architecture) building; this is Saenamteo Catholic Holy Place of the Martyrs. Construction of the building began in 1984, the year of the 200th anniversary of Catholicism in Korea, and was completed after three years.

    Also called "Nodeul" and "Sanamgi," Saenamteo was used as a military training ground during the early Joseon period. It was also the place where convicted felons and the Sayuksin (the six martyred ministers) were executed.

    Many Catholics were executed here during the Sinyu Persecution of 1801, the Gihae Persecution of 1839, the Byeongo Persecution of 1846, and the Byeongin Persecution of 1866. Among those executed were 11 priests including the first Korean priest Kim Taegon (Andrew), the first Chinese priest that came to Korea Ju Mun Mo (Jacobus), the first French priest that came to Korea Bishop Imbert and other Catholics including Hyeon Seok-mun. There is also an altar here where the remains of nine Catholic saints are enshrined.

    Current Status
    A place of pilgrimage for the Holy Mother

    Operating Hours
    Memorial Hall 10:00-17:00

    Parking Facilities
    Available (Not available for large cars)

    Restrooms
    Available

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