26 June 2009

Seoul's Muslim District

I learned that Seoul has a fairly large Muslim population (200,000), both Korean and foreign-born. Anyway, just up the hill from the Itaewon area was a big mosque and lots of Muslim businesses where I spotted this sign. It’s funny that this was so close to Itaewon, the district in Seoul that is famous for its all-out nightlife and general debauchery. It’s the well-known location of Seoul’s “Hooker Hill” which is Seoul’s red light district where you see lots of foreigners (particularly American soldiers) patronizing the “bars.” Anyway, I laughed when I saw this poster on a store window, the dos and don’ts of modest dress. For the record, I saw not a single person adhering to the more conservative standard of dress...

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