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buddha.jpg (23266 bytes)Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Constitution, and many of the world's major religions are active in the Republic of Korea.  Korea's most ancient religions are Shamanism, Buddhism and Confucianism.  

Each of these played an important role in the country's early cultural development and has greatly influenced through and behavior.  Christianity was introduced approximately 200 years ago, but has spread rapidly to claim one of the largest followings.  

 

According to a 1995 social statistics survey, 50.7 percent of Koreans follow a specific religious faith.  Buddhists number 10,321,0123 or 45.6 percent of the religious population; Protestants 8,760,336 or 38.7 percent; Catholics 2,950,730 or 13.1 percent; and Confucianists 210,927 or 0.9 percent.  

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