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Muslims in Korea want more mosques and halal food

Source : Agencies | 25 Oct 2013

More mosques and halal restaurants and a better understanding of Islam are needed in South Korea to encourage Middle East students to study there, a survey has revealed.

Park Hyeon-uk, a member of El Naafidha College’s student group for Middle East studies, said the survey of Arab students in Korea reflected the challenges many of them faced, reported the National.

“Islam is part of their everyday life and many felt there was little in the way of halal food and too few mosques,” Mr Park said.

“More temples need to be built in Korea. Also, meat that is not slaughtered in accordance with Islamic law cannot be consumed.

“It means many have difficulty eating out. Many Muslims we spoke to were not eating meat at all. They were suffering from a very unhealthy diet.”

Difficulty in understanding the Korean language, especially in classes, were other challenges raised by Arab students in the survey unveiled at the Seoul forum.

“It would be nice if they graded foreign students different than Korean students,” said one Arab in a video broadcast to delegates.

While many said they enjoyed studying in Korea and liked the people, others said young Koreans needed more education on Islam to dispel misconceptions.