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Seosomun Martyrs' Shrine (서소문순교성지)
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During Pope Francis’ five-day visit, he will visit the Seosomun Martyrs' Shrine on the 3rd day of his trip. On August 16, 2014, the pope will hold a Mass for peace at the shrine. Seosomun Martyrs' Shrine plays a significant role in Catholic culture and its followers in Korea as many beatification ceremonies were held here and was also where father Lee Seung-hun was baptized. The shrine also has a park area where many sculptures of martyrs can be seen.
447-1, Cheongpa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 청파로 447-1 (중림동)
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The four-way street right in front of the Seosomun Gate area was once an official execution ground in the Joseon Era. It was also called “Sigumun,” literally meaning “the gate where dead bodies were carried out.” The corpses travelling through the gate scared many people, alerting the public to keep away from criminal acts and actions against the royal regime.

For the Catholic believers in Korea, Seosomun is considered to be one of the significant holy sites because many Catholic priests were martyred at this very site. Among 103 Korean martyrs, 44 were martyred here. In addition, a beatification was held here in 2014, blessing 124 people.
Seosomun Martyrs' Shrine Museum
Current Status
Cultural Assets No. 252
Opening date
September 13, 2009
Mondays, Seollal/Chuseok holidays
approx. 1hr
Tour Course Information

[Course 1: Road of his holiness]
Myeong-dong Cathedral - Kim Beom-u Residence - Lee Byeok Residence (Korean Catholic Church Foundation Site) - Jawpodocheong - Jongno Catholic Church - Gwanghuimum Gate - Catholic University of Korea, Seongsin Campus in Hyehwa-dong

[Course 2: Road of life]
Gahoe-dong Catholic Church - Uigeumbu Site - Jeonokseo Prison Site - Upodochong Site - Gyeonggigamnyeong Site - Seosomun Historical Park, Seosomum Martyrs' Shrine - Yakhyun Catholic Church

[Course 3: Road to faith]
Jeoldusan Holy Ground - Nogosan Mountain Holy Ground - Yongsan Theological School Church - Danggogae Catholic Martyrs' Shrine - Waegogae Holy Ground - Saenamteo Holy Ground - Samseongsan Mountain Holy Ground

Film Locations
Popular site for Korean dramas and movie filming.
Shopping Information
Seosomun Martyrs' Shrine Museum: +82-2-312-5220
Operating Hours
Seosomun Martyrs' Shrine: N/A (open all year round) / Seosomun Martyrs' Shrine Museum: 09:00-18:00
Maximum Occupancy
Seosomun Martyrs' Shrine: approx. 2,000 people / Seosomun Martyrs' Shrine Museum: approx. 200 people
Admission Fees
Korean Info. Service
Guided tour available / Reservation requried 2 weeks in advance for groups.
Interpretation Services Offered
Not available (translated brochure available.)
Reservation Info. for Natives
Available at the official website (2 weeks ahead).
Reservation Info. for Foreigners
Travel agency can make a reservation.
Chungjeongno Station (Seoul Subway Line 2) Exit 4.
Take your first right, and continue walking until this road dead ends at the large 3-way.  Take a right at the 3-way intersection and then your first right.  Continue ahead until you reach the site.  

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