The ‘Seoul’s Catholic Pilgrimage Route’ was proclaimed Asia’s first official international pilgrimage site by the Vatican. The recognition as an international pilgrimage site was made official at the proclamation ceremony sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seoul with attendance of the archbishop of the Vatican.
Seoul connected a section of the pilgrimage route of the total 44.1-km Catholic Pilgrimage Route in the city with neighboring tourist sites to complete the three walking tour courses, ‘Seoul pilgrimage route with commentary.’ For example, the Bukchon Pilgrimage Route begins at the Site of the Gwanghwamun Beatification and connects to Jogyesa Temple and Gahoe-dong Catholic Church, and the Hangang Pilgrimage Route starts at Mapo Station with its Mapo Food Street and connects to Jeoldusan Martyrs’ Shrine.
The three ‘Seoul pilgrimage route with commentary’ courses are comprised of ▴Bukchon Pilgrimage Route (3km, total 2 hours) ▴Seosomun Pilgrimage Route (4.5km, total 3 hours) and ▴Hangang Pilgrimage Route (4km, total 2.5 hours). These are courses lasting 2-3 hours for peaceful walks with in-depth commentaries by Seoul tourism commentators that are open to both Catholics and common tourists to enjoy without aversion to religion.
Visitors wanting to partake in the ‘Seoul pilgrimage route with commentary’ can make reservations at the Seoul City Walking Tours website (http://www.visitseoul.net/). (*Available in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese with free admission.)