Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Korea hopes to attract more Muslim tourists

It's not easy to find halal food in Korea.
Thus KTO has come up with the halal lunch box!

Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) now aims to attract Muslim tourists and will tailor-make tour programs to suit tourists from the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

KTO recently educated 40 travel agents and tour guides on Islamic culture. They have also introduced a halal food lunchbox into their tours.

Travel agents in Korea have noted that the biggest obstacle to attracting Muslim tourists is strict rules on food and prayer.

It is not easy to find "halal food" especially in Korea where pork is commonly served in all restaurants. Halal restaurants are very rare in Korea and there are almost none outside Seoul, Busan and Jeju. Tour guides usually take Muslim travelers to seafood restaurants, Indian or Pakistani eateries, or vegetarian restaurants. The travelers don't get to taste Korean food.

Thus, with this in mind, KTO designed the "halal lunchbox". It contains Korean food such as bulgogi and kimchi (i would assume) so that Muslim tourists can also experience the food which they see consumed in Korean movies or dramas.

KTO also recently opened a prayer room at the Tourism Information Center of its headquarters. The prayer room is located in basement one, and comes equip with a compass showing the direction of Mecca.

Source: The Korea Times

Thanks to K-popped! reader Rubie for the tip.


missglasses said...

wow nice to know that ;)

Joey Potter said...

Eventhought I would nver give a chance to taste some Koreans foods it is nice to know that they care Muslim tourists.

Yna said...

now it will be much easier for me to go there i wouldnt have to worry a lot about my meals!!
am happy that they care about us!!

Suki said...

yay i feel loved! to be honest i wouldn't mind just eating seafoods, but it is good they are marketing for muslims too :)

Ki said...

Haha, wow, that's cool and so considerate of them. And even a prayer room.

Hadassah said...

This is absurd. Other people from around the world manage to travel to all sorts of countries without having someone prepare special food and prayer rooms for them. As usual, the Muslims are having people bend over for them.

Hadassah said...

How do Jews and Catholics manage to travel, I wonder???

hanhluvhotstuff. said...


&& to Hadassah...Jews can eat muslim food
which means it is easier for them too
&& catholics can eat wtv too.
sooo there's no problem there.

Rooster said...

Halal and Kosher foods, that might appear to have similarities in preparation, are not the same.

I assume that there are more Muslim travelers to Korea than Jewish ones?

Let's play nice, ok? ;) Thanks.

Haxim said...

hadassah, you sound offensive. please be more careful when giving comments. no hard feelings.

and i would love to visit korea after SPM this year! :D

may said...

i'm not muslim
but my family prefer to eat halal food.we dont eat pork either..
its better for our health
there's a reason why they slaughter the chickens and cows like that and is scientifically proven..
my dad is a doctor so he knows all the good n bad stuff
i'm definitely going to korea next yr

maikorea said...

i always believe that Asian people are considerate and tolerant ...
thanks Korea :)

maikorea said...

i always believe that Asian people are considerate and tolerant ...
thanks Korea :)

|| Lyññ || said...

Cool! Yea... Pork is famous in Korea... Yey Korea for being smart in woo-ing in more customers... Now if only Japan would try to open up some doors for tourists to well, spend their holidays there at a cheaper rate?? lol...

nenanay said...


this is such a good news~

but i went to Korea last month and seriously the only halal food there are Indians, Pakistanis and Arabs.before i went there i was hoping that i could try authentic Korean food such as ddukboggi...

fizzyhasan said...

dear orchid,

thanks for the info..
now i'm more excited to go!!

iciviuja said...

oh my.. I'm so happy to read such news. my hopes on going to Korea is bigger now. ^^ thanx for this info!

joojub said...

it's about time! i've been wanting to go to korea since forever, but food has always been a problem, yay to korea tourism organization!!

Ilana said...


89's said...

Thank GOD!
I was hoping for so long, since 1995, for Korea to do this thing, just to prove they aren't all racists as some people think. I used to hear sometimes Koreans on TV offending Islam, but they said those things without actually knowing the truth. What can I say...Americanization, I guess?

Atleast Korea is waaaay much better than Japan in welcoming Muslims.

Anyway, thank you for posting this! :D

한국 사랑해효!!


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