Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung left for the Kaesong Industrial Complex on Tuesday, the first time for a South Korean prince of the church to visit the communist country.
The Archdiocese of Seoul on Tuesday said seven priests and Yeom will visit the industrial complex jointly run by the two Koreas on Wednesday morning. They will meet with South Korean businessmen and Catholic staff and pray for peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula.
Yeom had hoped to visit Pyongyang too, but North Korea declined the request.
Yeom, who is archbishop of Seoul as well as apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Pyongyang, had expressed hopes to say mass in Kaesong, which falls under his jurisdiction, around Christmas last year, but due to the political turmoil following the purge of Jang Song-thaek the plan fell through.