Gongju Jungdong Cathedral

  • Address6, Seongdang-gil, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
  • Opne hoursOpen year-round


Gongju Jungdong Cathedral, built in Gothic architectural style that flourished during the medieval period, is the first Catholic church ever to be established in Gongju. In 1898, Father Guinand from France established a church in hanok (traditional Korean house) style, thereby setting the base for Christian missionary work. Then, Gongju Jungdong Cathedral was built by Mark Choi Jong-cheol in 1937. It displays classical and elegant architectural beuty, with the tall, pointy belfry above the main entrance, arched doors and windows, long seats at the center of the church, and corridors. You can walk along the road along the Jemincheon Stream and cross Banjukgyo Bridge to get to Jungdong 4-way Intersection. When you climb the hill toward Daejeon, you will see the church to your left. In front of the church, nested on a hill in the heart of Gongju, you can take in a full view of the city as well as Hwangsaebawi Martyrs’ Site toward the northwest direction.