SEOUL, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has conveyed a message of consolation to French President Emmanuel Macron over a fire that engulfed Paris' iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, Seoul's foreign ministry said Tuesday.

The fire broke out on Monday, causing parts of the centuries-old structure to collapse and sending shock waves across the city and beyond. The cause of the blaze remains unclear, reports said.

"The (South Korean) government thinks it is very sad that a massive fire occurred at the cathedral and caused large damage to it," Kim In-chul, ministry spokesman, told a regular press briefing.

"We'd like to extend our words of consolation to the French people and their government," he added.

The spokesman added that South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha sent a message to console her French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Earlier in the day, South Korea's Cultural Heritage Administration also voiced "deep regret" for the cathedral fire.

Source: Yonhap news Agency