Islam in Korea: Kimchi and the Koran

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    In South Korea, the Muslim population has been steadily increasing since the introduction of the Islamic faith shortly after the Korean War. The Muslim (both Korean and foreign born) community is centered around Seoul, where the first large 20th-century mosque was built in 1976 using the funds of the Malaysian Islamic Mission and other Islamic countries.

    In addition to fewer than 30,000 indigenous Korean Muslims, there has been a slow but evident growth of South Asian, Middle Eastern (i.e. Iranian and Iraqi) and Malaysian immigration to South Korea, the majority being Muslims, during the 1990s and 2000s, usually arriving as guest workers to the country. In total, there are up to 35,000 Muslims in South Korea.

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    Not surprised Malaysia is a hot bed of racism (so much for a multicultural society) and religious extremism, also while claiming it is 'Islamic', non Malay Muslims are treated as racially inferior and given second class citizen status, along with the rest of the non Malay population. So they threw the Koran out the window pretty much, to practice Nazism (their antisemitism is second only to Palestine and Iran), and they are vicious homophobes as well (just like Westboro).

     
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    During the Korean War, Turkey sent the second-largest number of troops (after the United States) to aid South Korea under the United Nations command. In addition to their contributions on the battlefield, the Turks also aided in humanitarian work, helping to operate war-time schools for war orphans.

    Shortly after the war, some Turks who were stationed in South Korea as UN peacekeepers began teaching Koreans about Islam. Early converts established the Korea Muslim Society in 1955, at which time the first South Korean mosque was erected. The Korea Muslim Society grew large enough to become the Korea Muslim Federation in 1967.

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    I had no idea, Sunni....and Seoul is my 'hood!
     
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    Korean Food - Guide for Muslim Visitors

    Korean food is very similar to Nature. In Korea there are four seasons, as well as beautiful mountains and the majestic sea. Each season brings a variety of fresh food, and the ocean provides plentiful ingredients. If there is one common thing from the various Korean dishes, it would be the love and devotion that is put into each one, all the while considering the health of the person who will eat the food. The reason why Korean food is an international success comes from this devotion and care for others.

    Korean food is very healthy. Meals are usually followed with tea and traditional cake or fruit to remove the lingering tastes in the mouth and leave one feeling fresh.

    Even on a first meeting, many Koreans will share food. Koreans consider this act of sharing as a great virtue. Koreans are very friendly and sympathetic and do not part with guests without showing their affection.

    Islamic culture can be felt near the Seoul Central Mosque in Itaewon. Especially at dusk, the mosque creates a sense of Islam that is difficult to find elsewhere. The restaurants around the mosque are part of Islamic culture, where one can taste Islamic food prepared by Muslim chefs. Arabs wearing traditional kufiyas are a common sight in this neighborhood.

    HALAL RESTAURANTS IN KOREA - The Taste and Smell of Home

    Dining is an important part of traveling. For Muslims traveling in Korea, dining shouldn't be a problem. There are many Islamic restaurants around Seoul Central Masjid and stores that sell Halal groceries. Halal restaurants in Korea also cater to traveler's specific tastes.

    ASHOKA - This restaurant is part of the worldwide Islamic restaurant chain Ashoka. The first Indian restaurant to open in Korea. / Itaewon, Seoul. Hamilton Hotel, 3rd Flr.

    MOGHUL - Its name reminiscent of the great Islam empire, Moghul imports all of its materials from Pakistan. / Itaewon, Seoul. Next to Hamilton Hotel

    KASHMIR RESTAURANT - A Pakistani restaurant that prepares the entire menu in Halal style. Lamb barbecue and curry are popular dishes. / Itaewon, Seoul. Next to entrance for Pyeonghwa Apt.

    USMANIA - Run by the Pakistani Osmania family, this restaurant serves lamb as a main menu and incorporates 11 different spices for spicy, deep flavor. / Itaewon, Seoul.

    WAZWAN - Located near the Seoul Central Mosque, this Indian restaurant is famous for its tandoori chicken. / Hannamdong Yongsan-gu, Seoul / Next to Yongsan Polic Station

    EVERGREEN HALAL FOOD RESTAURANT - The buffet is a favorite travelers and Muslims at this traditional Pakistani restaurant. / Itaewon, Seoul / Across from the Hamilton Hotel, Iwon Bldg. 2nd Flr.

    Halal restaurants are mainly situated in Itaewon and Hannamdong around and near the Seoul Central Masjid, and most of them are directly managed by Turkish and Pakistani Muslims. The Halal restaurants in Korea are not only enjoyed by Muslims but also by foreigners from other countries and Koreans as well.

    PASHA - Pasha serves traditional Turkish cuisne prepared by Skilled chefs. Its specialty kebabs are roasted in a Turkish oven. / www. pashakebab.com / Seochodong, Seoul. Near Gangnam Subway, Line 2.

    ALSABA - Alsaba offers Indian, Pakistani and Arab cuisine using fresh seasonal vegetables and traditional herbs. / www. alsaba.co.kr / Itaewon, Seoul. Near Noksapyeong Subway Station, Line 6

    KEBAB HOUSE - The Kibab House is probably one of the few, if not the only Turkish restaurant in Busan. It features traditional Turkish suisne such as kebabs and Turkish pizza. / Geumjeong-gu Namsandong, Busan . Next to the Busan Mosque.

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    are they Shia or Sunni?
     
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    Islam was introduced to Korea by Turkish soldiers after the Korean War.

    The country of Turkey is almost totally Sunni

    So it stands to reason that Korean muslims are Sunni :cool:
     
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    South Koreans study the central text of Judaism, the Talmud, in the hope of cultivating genius.
     
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