Who would have thought that my dreams of going to Korea is somewhat within reach? Nestled in the humble town of Bulacan, the St. Andrew Kim Taegon Shrine or popularly known as the Korean Temple in Bulacan is your ultimate destination if you want to experience a little piece of Korea.
Boasting breathtaking landscape and architecture, this is a place where one can experience tranquility and is the perfect “quick” escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Who is St. Andrew Kim Taegon?
Saint Andrew Kim Taegon was the first Korean-born Catholic priest and is the patron saint of Korea.
After being baptized at age 15, Kim studied at a seminary in the Portuguese colony of Macau. He also spent time in study at Lolomboy, Bocaue, Bulacan, where today he is also venerated. He was ordained a priest in Shanghai after nine years (1844) by the French bishop Jean-Joseph-Jean-Baptiste Ferréol. He then returned to Korea to preach and evangelize. During the Joseon Dynasty, Christianity was suppressed and many Christians were persecuted and executed. Catholics had to covertly practise their faith. Kim was one of several thousand Christians who were executed during this time. In 1846, at the age of 25, he was tortured and beheaded near Seoul on the Han River.
Few things to keep in mind:
- Entrance is free!
- This is a religious sanctuary so be sure to pay respect.
- Remember to wear decent clothes.
- Observe silence.
- Ready your phones and cameras as this place is definitely Instagram worthy!
If commuting – Ride the German Espiritu bus in SM North bound to Balagtas, Bulacan. Inform the driver to drop you off at 7-11 Bocaue (that’s the crossing). From there, ride a jeepney bound to Marilao. Alight at McDo Lolomboy. The shrine is just a few blocks away from there, maybe a 5 minute walk.
For those with their own car – take the Marilao exit and head to M. Villarica Rd. Once you reach the intersection of the main road which is McArthur Hi-Way, turn right. Around 200 – 300 meters, you’ll see a Jollibee and McDonald’s on the left side of an intersection, turn left. You’ll also see a sign that it’s the street towards the shrine.
Ask where the Brgy. Hall is, that’s where you can park your car.
Location: Brgy. Lolomboy, Bocaue, Bulacan
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 7:00AM to 5:00PM (they sometimes close at 4:00PM)
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Photos by JMBB | @jekksetter