Opening of prayer room for Muslim shoppers in South Korea

  • A prayer room for Muslim shoppers will open this Wednesday at Lotte Department Store Avenuel’s World Tower branch in Jamsil, southeastern Seoul.
  • The 49.6-square-meter room will be the country’s first and only Muslim prayer room set up by a local retailer, according to Lotte Department Store, Sunday.
  • Lotte divided the prayer space in two ─ for women and men, placing copies of the Quran, the central religious text of Islam, and prayer rugs in the room.
  • It will install foot baths and mark the Qibla, the direction that should be faced when a Muslim prays.
  • The number of Muslim tourists to Korea reached 980,000 last year, up 33 percent from 2015.
  • Korean retailers are catering more towards Muslim tourists amid the decline in Chinese tourists.

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