r some within strike range of North Korea's nuclear weapons, dealing with the threat of war is a matter of faith. While polls show most people in South Korea have grown used to relentless threats from the Kim regime, after a summer of weapons test, a minority are bracing themselves for conflicts and for some that requires spiritual protection.
>> I am coming to the temple morning and night to pray as I feel anxious from all the news.>> Faith leaders say they've seen a spike in people reaching out for guidance. Reuters' Christine Kim has been visiting churches and temples where Koreans are seeking solace.>> The pastors and people we've met all agree people are not truly in a total panic.
They're not building bunkers or they're not hoarding food or water. It's more of a larger ripple of concern that we've seen that's emerged from the latest set of North Korea's provocations, like the six nuclear tests and the recent ICBM launches. The mental health physician we met said the people who do that, they know that they can't do anything physically to help the situation.
So they are turning to spiritual means to help themselves ease stress.>> Others itching for a peek into an uncertain future seek help in more mystical settings. This traditional shaman says until tension with the North really kicked off in the spring, he mostly gave advice about love or marriage, but now people have very different concerns.
> 60 or 70% of my customers are asking about war. There are many people who find the situation very threatening.>> But for many more in South Korea, nuclear weapons are abstract compared to every day stress and an economic downturn. The country's shaky growth has only intensified its hyper competitive work culture, blamed for contributing to the country's abnormally high suicide rate.
Many people Reuters spoke to say it's day-to-day worries like feeding their families that get them really worked up. Issues they see as a more immediate and direct threat than Kim Jong Un's missiles.