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Muslims in South Korea want to build a mosque. Neighbors protest and send pig heads.
DAEGU, South Korea -- On the right side of a narrow alleyway, a new mosque is under construction. On the left stands a tall display fridge with three pig heads inside, a resounding statement of opposition to the project.
The otherwise quiet alley in the city of Daegu is the front line of a three-year-long dispute between Muslim students of Kyungpook National University and residents in the neighborhood just outside the campus.
May 24, 20235:00 AM ET
By Se Eun Gong
Korea is relatively religiously heterogeneous, compared to some other countries that are dominated by one particular religion alone. In terms of religious diversity, the country is relatively open to a variety of religious faiths.
A Gallup survey on religious affiliation taken between March 18 and April 7 of this year found that those who identified as Protestant topped the survey with 17 percent, followed by Buddhists (16 percent) and Catholics (6 percent). The rate of people who said they are not affiliated with any religion fell to 40 from 54 percent in 2014. Pollsters contacted 4,630 people but only 1,500 responded. The survey has a margin of error of plus and minus 2.5 percentage points.
Korea still grappling with acceptance of Muslim residents
How did they get from Yemen to South Korea?
We know that their culture are worlds appart.