The first Buddhist pagoda for Cambodian migrant workers in South Korea is being developed, according to the Cambodian embassy.
The Cambodian embassy in South Korea issued a statement yesterday saying that the pagoda was requested by Cambodians living in South Korea and will aim to promote Buddhism within the country.
Embassy official Chea Lyse said that a Cambodian Cultural Centre will also be constructed.
In the meantime, worshippers are able to visit a temporary pagoda being run out of an apartment, Mr Lyse added.
“Now we have rented an apartment to organise it as a pagoda,” he said.
The planned pagoda and cultural centre will be constructed using donations that mostly came from Koreans, according to Mr Lyse.
He added that the Korean donors also provided the plot of land that will be used for the construction of the pagoda.
The pagoda, named Mohayana Pagoda, will be inaugurated by Cambodia’s Great Supreme Patriarch Tep Vong.
The Cambodian community in South Korea totals more than 60,000 people. Of these, more than 53,000 are workers, about 8,000 are women with Korean husbands and about 400 are students.