facade of the Seoul Central Mosque, pen and watercolor, (29.6 x 42cm)
left part of facade of the mosque, pen and pastel, (29.6 x 42cm)
Praying Hall for the Muslims, pen and watercolor, (29.6 x 42cm)
going up to the mosque, pencil and pastel, (21 x 29.6cm)
a village scene from inside the entrance of the mosque, pen, (29.6 x 42cm)
neighboring village scenery looking from the courtyard, pencil, (29.6 x 42cm)
Last Saturday, it was midsummer with the sweltering heat and humidity. For the 60th World Wide SketchCrawl, we Seoul sketchers met at the Seoul Central Mosque (서울중앙성원) located in Hannam-dong (한남동), Yongsan-gu (용산구), Seoul. The Seoul Central Mosque built in 1976, was established to be a place to worship for Muslims in Korea as well as to educate the larger public about Islam and Islamic cultures. The Seoul Central Mosque is a place of religious, and Islamic rules and customs should be respected, so we cared about every move during the sketch time inside the precincts of the mosque.
The beautiful mosque is famous for its characteristically Islamic design in the middle spot between the Han River and Namsan, but will be scheduled to reconstruction in modern style sooner or later.
Outside the mosque, there were many halal restaurants and shops where we can watch a lot of Muslims and the public convenience, Islamic bookstore, consists of a halal supermarket, travel agencies.
I sketched the symbolic mosque from various angles, exotic surrounding scenes in and outside the precincts. It was an exciting sketch time overcoming the terrible heat.
서울중앙성원은 도심에 숨어있는 이국적 모뉴멘트~~
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