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11 Prayer Rooms Near Major Attractions In Seoul, Busan & Jeju

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Hashim Abdulla  •  Aug 20, 2019

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[Updated 9 October 2019] As a Muslim performing salah is an essential part of who we are. When traveling to countries that are not Muslim or Muslim-centric it can be hard to find places to perform one of our most sacred acts. Pray Ayat Ayat Cinta 2 GIF Credit: GIPHY When we think of Korea we may automatically assume it will be a chore to find such facilitates but it's way easier then you think. Here is a list of some of the biggest tourist areas, restaurants, hotels and attractions that have prayer rooms.
Seoul
1. Petite France (쁘띠프랑스)
Petite France is exactly what it sounds like, a little France in the heart of Korea. It is really popular because many k-dramas have been filmed on location, you will find loads of fan of shows such as My Love From The Stars, Secret Garden, and Running Man. Due to its popularity, the Korea Tourism Organization has set up a prayer room so that Muslim visitors can enjoy Petite France without any worry! Credit: Korea Tourism OrganizationThe Prayer Room is located on the 2nd floor of a tall blue Building, but the washroom is located separately in a white building, directly behind a pink studio. Do remember to bring along your prayergarments as they are not provided. Credit: @unengnengs on Instagram The blue building in this picture is the location of the prayer room. Located in the heart of Petite France it can't be missed - but if you have difficulties locating it don't be afraid to approach the friendly staff around the area who will help you out.

Room style: Permanent Operating Hours: 9am - 6pm daily Gender Separated: No Items/Facilities for prayer: Prayer mat, Qibla

Address: 2F 1063, Hoban-ro, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do Contact: +82-31-584-8200

2. Onemount (원마운트)
If you looking for a great theme park which provides everything you would need for a day out, look no further then Onemount! Situated inside Hallyu World and KINTEX Land in Seo-gu, Ilsan, Onemount Snowpark is the first indoor winter theme park in South Korea. Onemount is divided into four major facilities, which includes a shopping mall, water park, snow park, and sports club - it's definitely one of the best places to visit if you're looking for all-around fun! Credit: Korea Tourism OrganizationIt's amazing that in Korea we are starting to get designated places like this turquoise-coloured room at Onemount that are set aside for prayers. It is relatively big and private which allowsfor a quiet space. It's tranquil and help when one is trying to make salah. Credit: Korea Tourism Organization  While there is an area for ablution here, do remember to bring your own prayer garments as they are not provided. Room style: Permanent Operating Hours: 9am - 6pm daily Gender Separated: No Items/Facilities for prayer: Quran, Prayer mat, Qibla, Wudu Address: 300, Hallyu world-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do Contact: +82-31-961-6303
3. Lotte World Tower & Mall
Lotte is a famous shopping center and entertainment chain in South Korea, and this high-end outlet is truly magnificent - you will feel like royalty shopping here! You can get here via the green subway line and get off at Jamsil station, which makes this a super convenient option for shopping too! There are also excellent views of Seokchon Lake and its surrounding park to take in if you need a break from shopping. Credit: @mrsmyeochi on Instagram The Lotte World Tower sports such an amazing prayer room for Muslims that's even segregated into a men's and women's section with separate wudhu areas. The prayer room is on the 6th floor of AvenueL and there is a great halal restaurant there as well, called Agra. Credit: @mrsmyeochionInstagram Do remember to bring your own prayer garments as they are not provided. Room style: Permanent Operating hours: 10.30am - 8pm daily (Closes at 8.30pm on weekends) Gender Separated: Yes Items/Facilities for prayer: Quran, Prayer mat, Qibla, Wudu Address: 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul Contact: +82-2-3213-2210
4. Lotte World (롯데월드)
The beauty of Lotte world is that you don’t have to check the weather forecast before planning a visit. It’s mostly an indoor amusement park in the very heart of Seoul, and is actually one of the world’s largest indoor theme parks! Credit: Korea Tourism Organization Lotte World is a must-visit for any traveller and they even have a prayer room on-site so you won't have to worry about completing your prayers while you spend a whole day there! The prayer room is located on the 1st floor next to the folk museum elevator. Do approach the staff for assistance in entering the room. You will have to ring the bell at the entrance 2-3 times so the staff hears it and opens the prayer room door. Credit: Korea Tourism OrganizationDo note that the room has no separate space for men and women so you may have to wait for your turn ifthe room is very full. Do remember to bring your own prayer garments as they are not provided.Room style: Permanent Operating Hours: 9.30am - 10pm daily Gender Separated: No Items/Facilities for prayer: Prayer mat, Qibla, Wudu Address: 3F 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul Contact: +82-2-411-2104
5. Seoul Central Masjid (서울중앙성원)
Seoul Central Mosque is Korea’s first and Seoul’s only mosque. It is located at the top of a hill that overlooks most of Seoul and is above the busy neighbourhood of Itaewon. You definitely have to visit Itaewon during your trip to Seoul as it's home to many immigrant communities and is where you can find the most halal food! Credit: @kto_singapore on Instagram The mosque is a short but uphill walk from the Itaewon subway stop and is surrounded by many halal restaurants. If you are in Korea on Friday it best to plan to be here during Jumah salah! Room style: Permanent Operating Hours: 9am - 7pm daily Gender Separated: Yes Items/Facilities for prayer: Quran, Prayer mat, Qibla, Wudu Address:39, Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul Inquiries: +82-2-793-6908
6. Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotel & Residences (노보텔 앰배서더 서울 동대문 호텔 & 레지던스)
This hotel is close to the shopping district of Dongdaemun, which is one of the best shopping districts in Seoul. Even if you aren't stayinghere as a guest, you are allowed to use the prayer room for a few minutes. Just make sure to the front desk call ahead and ask! Credit: ambatel.com Room style: Permanent Operating Hours: 24 hours Gender Separated: No Items/Facilities for prayer: Quran, Prayer mat, Qibla, Wudu Address: 238 Eulji-ro, Gwanghui-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea Contact: +82-2-3425-8000
7. K-Style Hub
You should really stop by K-Style Hub for a visit as it has all the information a tourist will ever need. You’ll get to learn about Korean culture and food as well as enjoy interactive moments with some of your favorite K-pop artists. One of the unique things of visiting is you can have a true 'Hallyu Wave' experience by getting to know your favourite K-idols and stars through the exhibitions. If you want to learn about Korean traditional food (hansik) the exhibition and experience hall is a must-see, and the best part of all is that admission is free! Credit: @halalkoreamall on InstagramThe prayer room is in great condition and is divided into separate male and female areas including wudu facilities. Do remember to bring your own prayer garments as they are not provided. The prayer room ison the second floor of the building but it's always best to ask at the front desk for assistance if you are in doubt.Room style: Permanent Operating Hours: 9am - 10pm daily Gender Separated: Yes Items/Facilities for prayer: Quran, Prayer mat, Qibla, Wudu Address: 2F 40, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul Contact: +82-2-729-9497-9
8. Everland
Everland is, in my opinion, the best theme park in Korea and they have kindly provided a prayer room for their Muslim visitors too. It's a fun and exciting park that has everything you will need for a family, family, date or solo day out. Credit: Imah Rush on Facebook The prayer room is relatively easy to find - our reader shared the prayer room is located between Lenny's School of Magic (attraction no.155) and Shooting Ghost (attraction no. 154). If you're lost, you can always ask the staff to direct you to the prayer room. Test Credit: Kat on Havehalalwilltravel There is a sink within the prayer room, but I would advise you to bring a bottle along to aid in taking wudhu. There is only one room for both men and women, and do remember to bring along your own prayer garments. Room style: Permanent Operating Hours: 10am- 8pm daily (May be subjected to changes to park hours)Gender Separated: No Items/Facilities for prayer: Prayer mat, Wudu facilities Address: 199, Everland-ro, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do Contact: +82-(0)31-320-5000
Busan
9. Trick Eye Museum in Busan (트릭아이뮤지엄 부산)
The 3D Trick Eye Museum in Busan is an art museum that uses visuals and creativity, to get its visits to interact with the art and have a great time. It has over a hundred hand-painted optical illusions on display which include on the walls, floors, and ceilings of the museum. You can explore the different digital artwork exhibits, sculptures, paintings and more. The only limit is your own imagination! Trick Eye Museum in Busan (트릭아이뮤지엄 부산) Credit: Korea Tourism Organization This being said have a prayer room on site is definitely welcome. It also helps that this in walking distance to the famous shopping area of Nampo-dong. While a limited number of prayer mats are provided, you will have to determine the Qibla on your own and bring your own prayer garments. Though there is a space provided it is barebones, there are no amenities other than the prayer mats. There are bathrooms around which is your only way to make Wudu. Room style: Temporary Operating Hours: 10am - 6pm daily Gender Separated: No Items/Facilities for prayer: Prayer mat Address: 12, Daecheong-ro 126beon-gil, Jung-gu, Busan Contact: +82-51-557-1577
10. Busan Mosque
Credit: Irma Ariyanti on Facebook The 2nd mosque built in Korea, the Busan Masjid (also known as the Al-Fatah Mosque) is one of the biggest mosques in the Southern provinces of South Korea. Not only is it near the Dusil subway station, but it's right next to the halal Cappadocia restaurant too so you can have an amazing meal before or after you've completed your prayers! Room style: Permanent Operating Hours: 9am - 7pm daily Gender Separated: Yes Items/Facilities for prayer: Quran, Prayer mat, Qibla, Wudu Address: 113-13, Geumdan-ro, Geumjeong-gu, Busan Contact: +82-51-518-9991
Jeju Island
11. IlchulLand (일출랜드)
Ilchulland is an ecological and cultural resort in Jeju Island and is well known for its famous lava tube caves. Fans of K-dramas and variety shows will know the location well as shows such as What Star Do You Come From and Running Man were shot on location. At Ilchul land, you can visit 'Micheon Cave' which is one of the most famous caves in all of Korea. It is over a km long, but only about 385 meters are opened for public. Credit: Dina Amalia on FacebookDue to the rising popularity of this destination, aprayer room was set up for Muslim visitors to use. The prayer rooms are even separated into different rooms for men and women, and include prayer mats, an wudhu area, and the direction of the Qiblat. Credit: Dina Amalia on Facebook Do remember to bring your own prayer garments as they are not provided. Room style: Permanent Operating Hours: 8.30am - 7pm Gender Separated: Yes Items/Facilities for prayer: Quran, Prayer mat, Qibla, Wudu Address: 4150-30, Jungsangandong-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do Inquiries: +82-64-784-2080 So as you can see there are loads of places one can find prayer rooms all over Korea! Korea is not short of comfortable places to pray and has come a long way in the last decade to making its cities more welcoming to Muslim visitors and tourists. Let us know if we missed out any prayer spaces, and share your information with our Facebook community to help other Muslims travel with ease! 😁