One of the coolest traditions we have when traveling is to go to mass. Usually, I aim for English-speaking when possible, but it’s amazing how at home I feel even when I don’t speak a single word of the language.
Myeongdong Cathedral has such a cool history: it’s officially known as the Cathedral Church of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception and has been the center of all Catholicism in Korea since the late 1800s. Pope Francis said mass there in 2014!
It’s in the heart of Myeongdong, which is the shopping district of Seoul. I took my suitcase, ditched it in a train station locker, and followed the line of lost Catholics from all over the world.
It was one of the most diverse masses I’ve ever been to. The priest was from Ireland, the altar boys Korean, the lectors Indian/British/South African. The congregation was a salad from all over everywhere.
Being a converted Catholic American living in Japan and visiting Korea, I’m one to talk: I make no sense. I chatted for a minute afterward with a few of the visitors from England about the #Brexit, and then I had to get to shopping! Myengdong was calling my name with its outrageous beauty products and foods.