Thursday, December 18, 2008

Masjids in South Korea

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The Seoul Central Masjid in Itaewon (A Symbol of Islam in Korea)
At 1p.m. on Friday, the sound of the Azan solemnly echoes the walls of the Seoul Central Masjid, announcing time of worship. Established in 1976, this was the first masjid to open in Korea. The surrounding area is always busy with worshippers. Some are Arabs with long beards, clad in traditional attire and white turbans. Others may be Indians in T-shirts and jeans, or Pakistanis, Africans, or Asians. The people who participate in Islamic worship are diverse in ethnic background. There is also an Islamic Center and a madrasah, which offers students lectures on the Quran, Arabic and English, and education about Islamic spirit practice. You may see many children and women in chador participating in educational activities. You will find small and big mussalats around the Seoul Central Masjid. There are also halal butcher shops and restaurants that prepare traditional Islamic cuisine, as well as groceries that sell ingredients for Muslim cooking.
Directions: Itaewon Station on Subway Line 6, Exit 3. When you come out of the exit, you will see a fire station. With the fire station on your left go uphill about 100 meters until you come to a fork in the road. Take a left and go up the hill about 200 meters and you will see the Seoul Central Masjid on your left. It is well-known and you can see the white dome from afar, so it is difficult to get lost.
02-793-6908, Mission Dept: 02-793-3156/02-798-9782

Paju Masjid
The Paju Masjid is located between Seoul and the North Korean city of Kaesong, near the Imjin River. Anadvanced technological complex is being developed within the city.
Directions: Wonneung-myeon Yeongtae-ri 421-9. Paju, Gyeonggi-do

Bupyeong Masjid
Situated between Seoul and Incheon, the Bupyeong Masjid mainly serves as a place of worship for foreign Muslims working in the surrounding south-eastern Incheon region.
Directions: Bupyeong-gu Sipjeongdong 574-19. Incheon

Anyang Masjid
Not far from Seoul, the Anyang Masjid is run independently by Bangladesh and Pakistani Muslim workers in Anyang.
Directions: Anyang 5dong 618-132. Anyang City, Gyeonggi-do

Ansan Masjid
Located in the industrial district of Ansan, this masjid is operated independently by foreign Muslims of diverse ethnicity including Bangladesh, Pakistani, and Indonesian workers of the area.
Directions: Danwon-gu Wongokdong 741-5. Ansan, Gyeonggi-do

Jeonju Masjid
Located in a city famed for its traditional Korean culture and folk arts, the architecture of the Jeonju Masjid further adds to the beauty of its architecture by incorporating traditional
Korean roof tiles to its Islamic dome.
Directions: Deokjin-gu Inhudong 2-ga 1562-10. Jeonju, North Jeolla-do

Gwangju Masjid
The city of Gwangju is famous for its ceramics-making culture. The masjid in Gwangju is Korea’s third masjid.
Directions: Gwangju-eup Yeok-li 48-9. Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do

Busan Masjid
The second masjid that was built in Korea is located in the beautiful port city of Busan.
Directions: Geumjeong-gu Namsandong 30-1. Busan

Islamic Centers/Macheon-Geoyeo Center
Directions: 186-26, Geoyeo-dong, Songpo-gu, Seoul
002- 431-6850

Suwon Center
Directions: 320-15, Dangsu-dong, Gwonseon-gu, Suwon , Gyeonggi-do
031- 295-2956

Jeju Center
Directions: Rm. 1215, Jeonghan Officetel, 939, Nohyeong-dong, Jeju
064- 712-1215

Daegu Center
Directions: 202-6, Jukjeon-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
053- 523-2171

Gwangju Center
Directions: 894-7, Wolgyeo-dong, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju
062- 972-5136

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