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Mosque in Itaewon

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By Lee In-young

On Nov. 25, I visited the Seoul Central Masjid (Mosque) (SCM) in Itaewon. I was on an annual fieldtrip from Hanyang University for those taking the Civil Society course with Professor Joseph Yi.

The place is a short, 15-minute walk from the Itaewon subway station (exit 3). Going up the hill are stores and restaurants selling halal foods originating from Pakistan, Bangladesh and other predominantly Muslim countries. Other stores sold clothes, phone cards, and other daily necessities for migrant workers and tourists.

The mosque looked somewhat like a Catholic cathedral, with circular architectures on top (minarets). Engraved Arabic calligraphy greeted us at the entrance, meaning "Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction."

The Korea Muslim Federation (http://www.koreaislam.org), which operates mosques in Seoul and seven other cities, offers group lectures in Korean,........

© The Korea Times