Lotte Department Store to Open Muslim Prayer Room

  • By Kim Choong-ryung

    August 14, 2017 10:44

    Lotte Department Store will set up a prayer room for Muslim customers at the Avenuel store of its branch in Jamsil, Seoul, it said Sunday. This is the first prayer room for a religious group at a shopping mall in the country.

    The prayer room segregating men and women opens on Wednesday and is furnished with copies of the Koran and a "qibla," which indicates the direction of Mecca. The department store built it based on the advice of the Korea Muslim Federation.

    "We decided to make a facility for Muslim tourists because more and more of them come to the store," Kim Dae-soo of Lotte's marketing division said. "We'll also hold a promotion with halal foods and cosmetics in the second half of the year."

    Some 980,000 Muslims visited Korea last year, up 33 percent from a year earlier, according to the Korea Tourism Organization.

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