Arriving with Middle East Boom: Seoul Central Mosque
Itaewon is the first special tourist district in Seoul. Originally serving as a place for only US soldiers, it has been transformed into a symbol of multiculturalism in the 2000s. Even in a place as exotic as this, there is one particularly exotic alley on the top of a hill. On the hill, you can find a unique three-story building with a large Islamic arch leading up to a large dome with a sharp edge and arabesque decorations. This building is the Seoul Central Mosque, the center of Islam in Korea. The two spires serve to clearly identify the structure to new comers, and the large dome on the roof, a sign of peace, allows worshippers to enjoy the bright sunlight and hear the Imam’s words better. Seoul Central Mosque is the birthplace of Islam in Korea and serves as a popular tourist destination in Itaewon. However, this place also tells the story of the Korean workers who worked so hard in the scorching hot desert 38 years ago.