Have you ever heard about Ramadhan before??? Ramadhan is a holy month for Muslim. During this month, Muslim will fasting from dawn to sunset for 29 or 30 days. Since I'm living at Muslim country there is no problem at all for me to perform this practice and its easy for us to look for halal food. ^^
However I've wonder how Korean Muslim facing Ramadhan at South Korea?? O_o As well what is the reaction of non-Muslim native regarding this practice and about Islam in general .O_o While looking for information about this topic, I found out a very nice video about Korean Muslim prepared for Ramadhan! This video shows what is Islam in South Korea, and how Korean Muslim facing their new phase of life after became Muslim. ^^ This video were post in YouTube as well been aired in one of their broadcasting channel! ^^ 대박!!
As Muslim population were gradually increased in South Korea, we can see that Korean government and some private sector were trying to concern more about this. ^^ This concern is not only benefited to Korean Muslim, its for Muslim travelers too! ^^ Nowadays, Muslim travelers can look for halal restaurants when visiting Korea, no need to bring can food from home anymore!! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ ^^~
How about the mosque??? Well don't expect there is a mosque at every 20km while you are at non Muslim country!! You won't see that. LOL, However there is a good news for Muslim traveler!! ^^ There are about 11 mosques or Islamic center all across South Korea!! I've been to Seoul Central Mosque before ^^. Looking forward to go to Busan , Jeonju mosque and Islamic center at Jeju soon!! ^^* For mosques list at South Korea, you may check it here.
How about some university facilities for Muslim student?? Well as we knew,its' quite difficult to look for halal food at Korea. However there is one university that provide Halal menu for Muslim students and Muslim community as well. Its' Hanyang University. They didn't provide it everyday though, they only provide it for few times in a week. For more information, check it here. Recently, I heard that Sungkyungkwan University Suwon campus finally provide some space/rooms for Muslim student to perform their prayer. ^^ That's good!! ^^ If only I can take a look! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
Another remarkable sign about Islam in Korea during this fasting month is Korean government had organized An Islamic Art Exhibition at National Museum of Korea. The purpose of this exhibition is to let Korean know and understand more about Islam. :) Hope this exhibition will bring positive impact to Korean and not having a misunderstanding about Islam. ^^
Last but not least, yesterday I watched one program at KBS which is Screening Humanity. As its was Ramadhan, they aired about a Korean man married to a Morocco wife. This episode shows how their life at Korea, the multicultural between them and there is not so many changes even though the guy had became Muslim. He still living like any other Korean, its just he must leave things that contradict with Islamic law . ^^
Seoul Central Mosque
P/s: Even though South Korea is a non-Muslim country, I am so happy to see this video been made by Korean without any bias or racist towards Muslim! 대박!! ^^ Long way to go! 감사합니다 ^^* Ramadhan Kareem to all Muslim around the world!! ^^
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