The most beautiful cathedral in Korea: Jeondong Cathedral
Jeonju was an important city where the governor of Jeolla-do presided. Thus, it is not difficult to imagine the struggles that ensued over building a catholic cathedral on the site of the Supreme Local Government Office. In fact, many Christians were executed here.
The cathedral, located in Jeon-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, is a sacred place of the Korean catholic church. At the end of the 19th century, Catholicism was permitted by King Gojong. In 1891, Father Xavier Baudonet of France bought the land for construction of the cathedral. The construction started in 1908 and was completed in 1914. It was designed by master church builder Victor Louis Poisnel.
Jeondong Cathedral is very beautiful. But, its beauty is quite poignant since it was built on the site where many martyrs were killed (the executions took place in 1791).The cathedral was built in the Romanesque style, a rare case in Korean historical buildings.
The building was constructed with red and white bricks. The belfry will catch your eye with its 12 elegant windows. The smaller domes to the right and left have octagon-shaped windows. The belfry’s polygon-shaped roof casts an optical illusion as if the roof is actually circular.Several stone pillars stand aligned inside the church.
Colorful lights from the stained glass shine on the octagon pillars and create a tranquil but majestic view. The inside of this church is very quiet, even careful footsteps sound loud here.
- Address: Jeollabuk-do Jeonju-si Wansan-gu 200-1
- Telephone: 063-284-3222
- Website: http://www.jeondong.or.kr
- Opening hours: 05:00 – 21:00
- Guided tour: Please call for more information (063-284-3222)
- Photogenic spot: The right side view of the cathedral
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Side of Jeondong Cathedral
Elegant interior of the cathedral
The Romanesque style of Jeondong Cathedral
Interior of the cathedral