taking the subway from Seoul Station to Yongsan Station, you will notice a tall
and distinct hanok (traditional Korean architecture) building; this is Saenamteo Catholic
Holy Place of the Martyrs. Construction of the building began in 1984, the year
of the 200th anniversary of Catholicism in Korea, and was completed
after three years.
Also called "Nodeul" and "Sanamgi", Saenamteo was used as
military training ground during the early Joseon period. It was also the place
where convicted felons and the Sayuksin (the six martyred ministers) were executed.
Catholics were executed here during the Sinyu Persecution of 1801, the
Gihae Persecution of 1839, the Byeongo Persecution of 1846, and the Byeongin
Persecution of 1866. Among those executed were 11 priests including the
first Korean priest Kim Taegon (Andrew), the first Chinese priest that came to
Korea Ju Mun Mo (Jacobus), the first French priest that came to Korea Bishop
Imbert and other Catholics including Hyeon Seok-mun. There is also an altar
here where the remains of nine Catholic saints are enshrined.
A place of pilgrimage for the Holy Mother
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