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Heritage Mirinae Holy Site

WriterAdministratorDate06/09/2015

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  • Location

    Anseong

  • Address

    420, Mirinaeseongji-ro, Yangseong-myeon, Anseong-si

  • TEL

    +82-31-674-1256

Mirinae Holy Site

Mirinae Holy Site is a historic sacred place of Korean Catholicism where St. Andrew Kim Taegon, the first Korean-born Catholic priest, is buried. Mirinae(the Milky Way) derives from the story about how Catholics who were hiding in a deep ravine from the Catholic Persecutions of 1801 and 1839 used kerosene lamps at night. The light emanating from the lamps is said to have shone in harmony with a nearby flowing stream, resembling the Milky Way. The church building commemorating the canonization of 103 Korean Martyrs is located at the entrance to the Holy Site. The Way of the Cross, which signifies Jesus Christ’s crucifixion on the hill of Golgotha after his condemnation by Pontius Pilate, stretches from the entrance to the Holy Site to rear of the church building. Fourteen bronze sculptures depicting the day of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion stand on the Way of the Cross. The altar inside the Commemorative Church enshrines part of St. Andrew Kim Taegon’s remains, while the exhibition hall on the second floor displays instruments of torture that were used on Catholics during the persecutions, and model objects of the martyrdom’s horrors. The Virgin Mary building is located between the Commemorative Church and the Oratorium, while the Rosary Road, built with large stones, is connected with the entrance to the Oratorium.