Yakhyeon Catholic Church

Coordinates: 37°33′33″N 126°58′02″E / 37.5591°N 126.9673°E / 37.5591; 126.9673

Yakhyeon Catholic Church (약현성당) is historic church of the Jungnim-dong, Jung District, Seoul. The parish is a part of the Archdiocese of Seoul. The official name is church of St. Joseph.

Yakhyeon Catholic Church
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Country South Korea
DenominationRoman Catholic Church


The church was established in 1892 by the French Catholic missionary Fr. Eugene Jean Georges Coste of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris, as a result of Korea gaining religious freedom in 1886.

It was the first Catholic church to be established in the city, and it was the first Gothic-style church in Korea.[1]


  1. ^ "Yakhyeon Catholic Church, Korea's First Western-Style Church : Knowing Korea". www.knowingkorea.org. Retrieved 2020-10-30.

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