I was particularly thankful for the opportunity to spend a few minutes of my first and only Sunday at South Korea in a Catholic Church. This was just an offshoot of our nocturnal wanderings after a long day at Gyeonggi Province, yet the solitude I found was a big payoff.
It is the first Catholic Church in Korea and therefore designated as Historic Site No. 258. The cathedral took six years to be completed (1892 – 1898) with the bell tower, the main building which contains the clock, rising to 45-meters high. The architectural style applied is Gothic. It is the seat for the Archdiocese of Seoul, with the Immaculate Conception as the patron saint.
Inside, we witnessed a mass. LCD monitors hang on both sides. There was an usherette at the back. Some women wore white veils. The familiar elements of the religion I grew up with was there. I was glad to find God in this foreign nation.