Churches in South Korea

If one knows that Korea was once called “The Hermit Kingdom”, seeing the number of churches comes as a surprise.  Almost 27% of South Korea’s population belongs to a church.  Protestants are estimated at 8.1 million, while Catholics, with a history of 350 years, are estimated at 5.6 million.  Buddhism, still numerically stronger, has a history of 1,700 years.

What struck me in the various regions was the contrasting styles in the architecture of the churches, most of which are creatively modernist.

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An a-shaped church, West Seoul

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A Presbyterian church, Insa-Dong area, Seoul

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A cathedral, central Seoul

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An Evangelistic church, Jongno-gu, Seoul

With the churches, there is art, always memorable and moving.

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A Christ figure, Chinese Presbyterian Church

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A stained-glass window, Presbyterian Church, Samseong, South Seoul

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A station of the cross, Cathedral, Myung-Dong

Food for thought … In my stroll through Samseong, I saw the reflection of the church first …

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A reflection, Presbyterian Church, Samseong, South Seoul

© Will v.d.Walt

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July, 2007 – June 2008.

Images: Will

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3 Responses to Churches in South Korea

  1. Interesting. I too didnt realise so many Christians there,thats about 1/3 of the population!

  2. I like this post, sir!

  3. Beautiful and very interesting
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