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South Korea makes efforts to attract more Muslim tourists Updated: 2017-10-01 08:47:46 KST

An executive chef at a deluxe hotel in Dubai introduces halal food to Korea.
Halal is Arabic for "lawful" or "permitted," and halal food is prepared according to religious rules governing what Muslims can eat.

"It gives you a more healthy option, and actually it's safety too. There's no any bacteria that grow on the animal when it's raw."

Although the number of Muslim tourists to Korea is steadily increasing, and reached nearly 990-thousand last year, many of them have said that limited access to specially prepared food is one of the biggest difficulties they face during their stay in Korea.
The Korea Tourism Organization has decided to try and make it a bit easier for Muslim visitors.

"We have designated 237 restaurants as 'halal restaurants'. We aim to provide various discounts and great quality food."

A department store in Seoul opened a 49.six square meter Muslim prayer room, with copies of the Koran and foot baths.
As Korea's local tourism industry is hit hard by the sharp decline in Chinese visitors over Seoul's deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system, , and with a potential market of 1.7 billion Muslims around the world, Korea cannot afford to ignore the needs of Muslim tourists.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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