Seoul, technically known as the Seoul Special City, is the capital of South Korea and the 16th largest metropolis in the world. It is also one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world. It is a truly modern city with impeccable infrastructure and facilities.
It is a fascinating place to visit, particularly for its nature and rich history that is still pretty well preserved despite its modernization. Seoul has a history that dates back more than 2000 years. The Seoul Capital Area is home to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, Namhansanseong, and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.
Mountains surround Seoul, the tallest of them being Mt. Bukhan, which is also the world’s most visited national park. There are also many modern landmarks that travelers can visit such as theme parks, modern buildings and shopping hubs. The diversity and rich culture and history is one of the main reasons why thousands of tourists flock to the capital city of South Korea every year.
Incheon International Airport (IIA), is the main airport for International flights in the city. It is one of the busiest airports in the world, while being the largest in South Korea. It has also been voted the best and cleanest international airport by Airports Council International several times since 2005, and has one of the best records for efficiency of operations. Prayer facilities and Halal food restaurants are also available in the airport.
Although Muslims in Seoul are a minority, Halal food in Seoul is getting easier to find as the day goes on. Many grocery stores and restaurants now provide Halal-friendly facilities in Seoul, some of them even providing prayer facilities. Muslim travelers can also opt for vegetarian options if they find it necessary.
There are around 8 major mosques scattered around the country, the largest and most notable of which is the Seoul Central Mosque, which was constructed in 1976 in Itaeweon, Seoul. It holds Friday (Jum’uah) prayers, regularly attended by large numbers of people. Lectures are also conducted in the mosque in English, Korean, and Arabic. This is the only mosque in Seoul, and a community of Muslims and Muslim-friendly facilities have erupted around it. The area around the mosque is also one of the easiest places to find Halal foods in Seoul. Prayer facilities can also be found in quite a few places such as shopping malls, airports, universities, and restaurants.