Just down the street from Pungnammun Gate is Jeonju’s main sightseeing area and I paid a visit to Jeondong Cathedral. Construction of this Roman Catholic cathedral lasted from 1908 to 1914 and it was built on a spot where a number of Catholics had been martyred during the Joseon Dynasty. Supposedly some of the church’s foundation stones and bricks originally came from Jeonju’s city walls, which had been torn down by the Japanese when they occupied Korea. Jeondong Cathedral combines both Byzantine and Romanesque architectural styles and is considered one of most beautiful buildings in all of Korea. Consequently it’s a popular place for visitors and several Korean TV dramas been filmed here.
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