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Hinduism in South Korea

Hinduism is a minority religion in Korea. Through Buddhism, it has also had an indirect impact on certain aspects of traditional Korean thought. The Four Heavenly Kings that can be seen in Korean Buddhist temples originated from the Lokapālas.

North Korea

There is no presence of Hinduism in North Korea.

South Korea

There are two Hindu temples in the Seoul region, the Sri Radha Shyamasundar Mandir and the Sri Sri Radha Krishna temple, located on Seoul's outskirts, approximately 2 hours from the city centre. South Korea is home to a small number of migrants, including students and engineers, from countries such as India and Nepal many of whom are Hindu. Yoga has also gained increasing popularity in recent years.

Sri Radha Shyamasundar Mandir[1] is open daily, at specific times in the morning and evening. The temple offers various services to the mostly migrant Hindu community, including children's classes, religious courses, festivals and ceremonies, such as weddings, as well as groceries for vegetarians.

Though South Korea is mostly secular, the range of religious beliefs displayed is quite broad. While Korean Shamanism shares some similarities with Hinduism, most religious people adhere to either Buddhism or Christianity, and there remains a strong Confucian presence.

References

  1. ^ http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2008/09/177_30805.html

External links

  • Sri Radha Shyamasundar Mandir
  • Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh Korea
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