How To Pray In Korea?

I am a Muslim and Islam is my faith.

If you are not one, this post might be unrelated for some of you.

This is quite an sensitive issue to approach as one of my blog readers said but I'm going to face this subject head on regardless.

By the way, this post does not determine that I will definitely enter heaven by writing one or confirm that I'm a serious Muslim to boot...only God can determine that.

But I am writing this with a positive mindset and no ill feeling whatsoever towards all Islam believers whether you are diligent in praying or not.

This post is not going to teach you how to pray but rather to plant an idea that to pray in Islam is indeed very easy. ^^

Wudhu' or ablution
We have to understand on method how to perform ablution.
You can either use water or if you don't have some around clean dust or soil (tayammum).
For more details on wudhu', please refer to here and tayammum is here.

But where to perform Wudhu'?
In the toilet. I would normally use the toilet for the disable.
I know that ethically it is not right as I'm not disable think about it, if you use it for good purpose and to pray to your God, it is ethically right, right? ^^

I have been scolded by the cleaning ahjumma so many times for using the toilet for I just use my precious mineral bottle and head over to normal toilet and perform my ablution there.

Most of the time, I bring with myself:
1) empty mineral bottle
2) wet tissue
3) plastic mat from Daiso (2,000won)

My pink plastic mat - praying at Jeongdok public library
(near Samcheongdong, about 500m from Anguk Station, Line 3)

Parts of body for Wudhu'
You can wash your required body just once.
For more details on parts of body to wash during wudhu' please refer to here.

Dress code
A telekung is not necessary (for woman). As long as you have your aurat properly addressed then you are good to go. Hence, it's good if you dress according to Islam's dress code.

You are allowed to shorten or combine your pray if you're on a journey for a maximum of 3 days excluding your day of travel to or from the said location.

For more details on how to pray, please refer to here and how to shorten and combine your pray during a journey is here (in Malay).

The bigger question is where to pray?
Use your head please..really, that's the reason brain is created right? ^^
As long as the place is deem clean, basically you can pray everywhere.

Of course, if you are in Malaysia you can easily find a mosque to pray but in Korea?
You don't have to go all the way to Itaewon to pray do you?

Go and find somewhere quieter and clean; for example:
1) staircase exit
2) public places - parks, libraries, museum, subway (go to the exit near the elevator..Koreans hardly use elevator..shhh..don't tell anyone ^^)

How to determine Qiblah?
In Korea, the Qiblah is 285 degree from North clockwise. Please refer to here.
Most of you have smart phone which come with compass right? A smart phone is really smart ya know..;) If you don't have the compass application, it won't take much of your precious time to install them which is FREE. You you can install an angry bird game but not a compass??

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Aina.Zukri said…
Kak zarina, good entry..
I hav3 done the same just like u do. During my visit jo jeju, i prayed on the park at manjang cave. The ahjumma stop and stare at me n my sister, siap panggil kwn2 utk tengok lagi.hehe.
But im ok with that. And i used smart phone to determine the qiblat.just one question, during winter, how are we going to endure the cold water for ablution?
AjlaA said…
nice post kak!
terima kasih banyak :)
Hime said…
Well said kak! it's important to take note on this as some of people who went to Korea, when they find it hard to pray, they just qada in the end.You earned big points here ^^
Anonymous said…
salam kak zarina, saya nak tanya pasal guesthouse at korea. which one is better? seoul backpackers o namsan guesthouse. untuk 2 orang
Anonymous said…
Salam Kak Zarina,

Very useful info..

Unknown said…
salam kak zarina,
saya dan kawan-kawan pun buat macam akak...last time kami ke seoul,angkat wudu' kat toilet then sembahyang kat tempat yang tersorok...ada sekali tu kami pergi yeouido park then kami sembahyang di taman kat situ tapi disebalik pokok-pokok....;)
Unknown said…
salam kak....
kami pun buat macam akak juga...last time kami ke seoul, kami amik wudu' kat toilet,botol kosong memang bawak sentiasa then cari tempat yang clean untuk solat...ada sekali tu masa kami ke yeouido park,kami solat di taman kat situ...kat everland pun solat kat bawah pokok...memang semua orang pandang tapi rasanya orang korea faham kot....;)
Nice entry!

Saya baru balik dari sana 29/11.. & guest what saya pun addicted utk guna tandas utk disable.. e/thing started after I went to KTO & they reserved the toilet 4 wuduk.. lepas2 tu saya memang akan cari toilet 4 disable (kalau ada)..
& kenangan masa kat Heundae beach, saya masuk tandas cenggini & tersalah tekan button emergency.. ohmy...kelam kabut pakai tudung segala takut tetiba ada yang masuk.. tp luckily pastu x de sapa pun hehe..

Lagi 1, masa pegi English Village & Paju, kami solat dalam Nursing Room..Ni kira memandai2 masuk je ni hehe. bilik tertutup, selesa sangat, cuma sejuk tahap nak putus jari.. masa kat toilet siap pinjam gayung makcik cleaner.. masa amik wuduk pun berapa kali berhenti sebab nak tahan sejuk.
& 29/11 pagi masa subuh, kami solat je kat tgh2 alam dalam incheon airport tu, antara 2 kerusi panjang tu.. masa tu dah malas nak fikir & cari tempat.. dalam pukul 6 pagi memang dah ramai orang lalu lalang depan tu, temasuk org yg duduk2 kat kerusi bersebelahan dengan kami.. dengan telekung lengkap kami solat je kat situ hehe..

sebelum tu kat gimpo airport,19/11 kami solat bergilir kat balik pintu, area ofis, tepi toilet.. masa tu ada gak staff yang lalu tapi buat tak tau je huhu..
Anonymous said…
salam. we also had the experience of performing solat in the public areas - the park, the train station, the toilet, the shopping mall, the staircase of a building..... :)
suzialfredshin said…
Assalamualaikum kak,

I ada hantar email kat akak pasal travel guide. ini email saya,
tolong balas ya kak..thank you :)
Feia said…
Just to add, in fact we can perform our prayers inside a moving vehicle - airplane, bus etc. (that we don't have a control over it) though we are not facing the qiblah. If there is no space for performing the normal prayer movements, we can actually pray at our seats how ever we are able to, in those moving vehicles if it just so happen that the prayer time will be over by the time we reach our destination or we don't have a control to stop by to perform the prayers (including those prayers that can be jama' ta'khir). However, we must REPEAT the prayer(s) once we reached our destination in the proper way. :)
Fadzlin said…
I really like this entry Kak Zarina :)
Anonymous said…
berdasarkan ensiklopedia solat, boleh juga niat khuf (musim sejuk la terutamanya-sejuk banget kan).. kasut pun tak perlu tanggal, cuma sapu air wuduk atas kasut. ambil wuduk yang wajib sahaja. toilet confirm tidak basah.
see, Islam itu mudah ;)
Anonymous said…
Assalam. Ni kak badariah from selangor. My family and i r planning to go to s korea comming march 2013. Do u do private tour? If not, do u know of someone who can guide us? Tq.
aida said…
really appreciate this entry, plan nak pegi seoul and jeju this january 2013.

saye pernah pegi europe and kitorg just solat kat parking lot, dalam fitting room and kat hyde park atas rumput nan menghijau pon kitorg pernah solat, memang btol Islam itu mudah, kalau asyik pikir susah mmg la rase sgt2 susah kan

tapi kat europe takde pulak diorg heran tgk kitorg solat kat open mcm tu

mari kite ramai2 solat kat korea lak, lame2 diorg pon tak heran tgk muslims solat :)