Visit Seoul’s First Mosque
The construction of the Seoul Central Masjid (서울 중앙성원) started in 1974 on a piece of land donated by the Korean Government.
This is the first mosque built in Korea, other mosques followed in Incheon, Daegu, Busan,…
The construction of this first mosque was funded by many Islamic countries and officially opened in 1976.
Islam is a minority religion in Korea and according the Korea Muslim Federation only 100 000 Muslims are living all around Korea.
We visited the mosque on a Friday around lunch time, this is a perfect time to see the mosque fully functional as this is the time Muslims attend their weekly mess. You might not be able to go inside at this time, as so many people are gathering to attend the ceremony.
Once the ceremony is over you’re more than welcome to go inside. The mosque has two different prayer halls, the big hall that is only allowed for men and the smaller woman prayer hall. Woman should make sure to be fully covered up before entering. Long skirts and shawls can be borrowed at the entrance.
From Itaewon station it’s just a short 7 minutes walk up the hill to reach the mosque.
On the main road, leading to the mosque you can find many foreign markets, shops and restaurants with Indian, Halal and Turkish food.
732-21, Hannam2-dong, Yongsan-gu,Seoul-si 서울특별시 용산구 우사단로10길 39 (한남동)
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