Hwangsaebawi Martyrs’ Site

  • Address1-5, Gyo-dong, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
  • Opne hoursOpen year-round


When talking about the history of Catholicism in Korea, one cannot leave out the Hwangsaebawi Martyrs’ Site. Hwangsaebawi was given its name as it has long been a stork habitat. It was also called Hangswaebawi because Catholics who were sentenced to execution were sent to this area in hangswae (a type of pillory and shackles placed around the neck) for public decapitation. Hwangsaebawi Martyrs’ Site, considered a Catholic Holy Ground, is situated on a low hill across the West Gate of Gongsanseong Fortress.
In the square, there are the Martyrs’ Tower and the Mudeom Oratorium, with a stone gate containing an engraving that depicts “Virgin Mary and Child.” In the northern area of the site, there are memorial stones for the nameless martyrs called “12 Stones of Light,” which are symbolic of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ.