Country's First Muslim Cemetery to be Established in North Chungchong Province

July 11, 2004

Source: The Korea Times

On July 11, 2004 The Korea Times reported, "The first cemetery for Korean Muslims will be set up at a park in Chungju, North Chungchong Province, the Korea Muslim Federation said on Sunday. About 400 bodies can be buried in the cemetery, which will cover an area of 1,100 pyong (3,630 square meters), according to Lee Joo-ho, a federation official. Lee said the Qatar government has given full financial support for the creation of the burial ground costing some $500,000. 'Muslim rules prohibit Muslims from being cremated when they died. We need the burial ground for religious reasons,' Lee said. Lee said the Qatar Embassy in Seoul has pushed to set up the cemetery for Korean Muslims for the past three years since it accepted the request from the local Muslim society. Their long efforts bore fruit when the federation made a contract with the park management on June 28 for the creation of the cemetery, Lee said."