View Full Version : What is the dominant religion in the Rep. of Korea? (yes, this is tennis related)

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Aug 31st, 2002, 10:26 PM
I am asking because watching Yoon Jeong Cho today she had a beautiful silver cross necklace on, that I see a lot of Christians here in the states wearing.

I know Korea and Japan are into Shinto, Hindu, and Buddhism, with a few Christians. Am I right?

Aug 31st, 2002, 10:33 PM
A LOT of people in Korea are Christians along with Buddhism ;)

Aug 31st, 2002, 10:37 PM
A good website about religions in Korea:

"Today, almost forty percent of Koreans are Protestants, divided into 113 denominations."

Wow. That is a big surprise to me. I thought almost all Koreans are buddhists.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Aug 31st, 2002, 10:42 PM
Wow.....me too eta psi. Thanks for that

And thanks to you too Chrispy :)

Sep 1st, 2002, 01:25 AM
ONly Japan is SHinto. Korea is mostly buddhist.

Gonzo Hates Me!
Sep 1st, 2002, 02:54 AM
Christian... I am half Korean... practically, :D

Sep 1st, 2002, 03:44 AM
The Japanese are Non-practicing Buddhists.
Shinto is more about rituals, and folklore. They
practice Shinto things; like buying amulets, but
for the most part they aren't very religious.

In Korea the post War generation are Christians.
If you go to the country side- you'll find Buddhists.
The older people of Korea are Buddhists. Again,
like the Japanese they have alot of sub religious
groups that like rituals, folklore, worshipping
tree gods, etc...

Over here in Singapore. Christianity is popular
among wealthy Chinese families.

Sep 1st, 2002, 04:36 AM
Originally posted by Mrs_Guga
Christian... I am half Korean... practically, :D

Whats that Nwan?? :eek: :)

Sep 1st, 2002, 11:14 AM
I knew there was an important percentage of Koreans who were Christians, but I didn't know i was that much .. 40% !!!! I would have said 20 ...

Yeah, I saw her cross too :)

Sep 1st, 2002, 01:33 PM
Greenout hit it about right IMO. Christians dominate the capital city and the elite. Korean-Americans are overwhelmingly Christian.

Korea is the only Asian nation besides the Phillipines where Christians can claim to be a majority or nearly so. One theory behind that is that many Koreans joined churches as a sort of protest against Japan when they were a colony.

If you're into Buddhism Korea has great temples hidden away in mountains. If you enjoyed temples combined with hiking it's paradise! :)

Sep 1st, 2002, 01:36 PM
I forgot to ask-how well did Cho play? I didn't see it:sad: Does anyone think she can climb into the top 50? 20? Did she have weapons?

The best Korean female was Duk-Hee Lee in the 80s. She was never really better than about 50 or so in rankings I think.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Sep 1st, 2002, 06:06 PM
Yoon Jeong will be about #66 in a week.

She is very consistent, great retriever, with a good forehand. Serve can use some work....but so can most folks below the top 40. She will probably make top 50 IMO. :)

Also....her attitude is impeccable! I love it! :D

Sep 1st, 2002, 06:53 PM
I think she CAN be top 50 as well. She looked solid and quick-a-foot.

Sep 1st, 2002, 06:56 PM
I found this on South Korea in the CIA factbook :

Religions: Christian 49%, Buddhist 47%, Confucianist 3%, Shamanist, Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way), and other 1%

49% :eek:! I didn't know there were so many Christians.

Sep 2nd, 2002, 07:16 AM
Thanks for all the info on Y-J Cho's game folks:)

Sep 2nd, 2002, 09:52 AM
Thanks, Lieutenant Josh ;)

Sep 2nd, 2002, 11:00 AM
Christian, i went to Seoul a few years ago and was amazed that i saw so many churches in the city. the interesting thing was that there are red light crosses on top of each church!