Saemoonan Church

The Saemoonan Church is a church in Jongno-gu, South Korea. It was founded in September 1887 by Horace Grant Underwood.[1] This makes the church, with a 132-year history, the oldest established church in South Korea.[2]

Saemoonan Church
CountrySouth Korea
DenominationPresbyterian Church of Korea (TongHap)
FoundedSeptember 27, 1887
Founder(s)Horace Grant Underwood
Senior pastor(s)Lee Sang-hak


The Saemoonan Church was founded in September 1887 when Horace Grant Underwood baptized one person and appointed two elders in an organization of fourteen Koreans.[3] Over the years, it has gone through 6 different chapels, constructing the latest chapel from 2014 to 2019.[4] The design of the chapel attracted attention from media due to its unconventional design like a mother's arms spread wide, and with much community space.[5][6][7]

The current senior pastor is Lee Sang-hak, who took over in 2017.[8] He was previously senior pastor at Pohang Cheil Church.[9]


  1. ^ 김동우 (2019-03-18). "132년 역사 서울 새문안교회, 여섯 번째 새 성전서 첫 예배 (The Saemoonan Church with a 132 year history does its first service in the 6th chapel)". Kukmin Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  2. ^ 김현성 (2019-03-13). "[뉴스파워] 132년 역사 새문안교회, 새 예배당 완공 (The Saemoonan Church with 132 year history completes new chapel)". 뉴스파워 (News Power). Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  3. ^ 크리스천투데이 (2006-10-02). ""새문안교회 사료는 한국교회 역사의 증거물" (The documents of Saemoonan Church is evidence of the history of the Korean church)". 종교신문 1위 크리스천투데이 (Christian Today). Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  4. ^ "광화문 새문안교회 새 예배당 완공 (Saemoonan Church of Ganghwamun completes new chapel)". 매일경제 (Maeil Economy) (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  5. ^ "광화문 '새문안교회'의 실험… 종교 건축의 방향을 묻다 (The experiment of Saemoonan Church - Asking about the direction of religious construction)". (in Korean). 2019-04-04. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  6. ^ 뉴스, CTS. "교회 문턱 낮춰 도심의 쉼터로! - 새문안교회 새 예배당 완공". (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  7. ^ "새문안교회 "무거운 짐 진 자들의 쉼터 될 것" (Saemoonan Church will be a resting place for weary people)". Korean Christian Newspaper (기독교한국신문) (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  8. ^ "새문안교회 청빙된 이상학 목사 "제가 떠나는 이유는…"". 미주 종교신문1위 : 기독일보 (in Korean). 2017-07-18. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  9. ^ "[기독공보] 포항제일교회 이상학목사, 새문안교회 담임목사로 (Pastor Lee Sang-hak of Pohang Cheil Church to become senior pastor of Saemoonan Church)". 기독공보. Retrieved 2019-08-14.