Today marks the start of the holy month of Ramadan in the Muslim calendar. As such, Muslims are required to observe a daylight fast (puasa) for the whole Ramadan (Ramadhan) month. Here in Malaysia, there will be many restaurants and food stalls offering “buka puasa” (breaking of fast) fare and buffets.
After one month of fasting, Muslims all over the world will celebrate Hari Raya Puasa (Hari Raya Aidilfitri).
According to www.islamawareness.net there are 0.2% Muslims out of South Korea’s total population of 48.5 million. The Muslim (both Korean and foreign born) community is centered around Seoul.
The Seoul Central Mosque (pictured above) is one of the most popular mosques in South Korea. It opened in 1976 in Itaewon, Seoul. It is located in Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu. The mosque has Juma Prayers in Korean, Arabic and English at 1 pm every Friday plus five times daily during weekdays, and an hour or so both before sunrise and after sunset.