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Joint committee to seek UNESCO status for Buddhist mountain temples

The Korea Herald, July 27, 2014

Seoul, South Korea -- South Korea is stepping up efforts to inscribe the nation’s traditional Buddhist mountain temples as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites with the founding of a new association to facilitate and oversee the inscription process until 2018.

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Restoration of Hwangryongsa temple

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, Oct 28, 2013

Gyeongju, South Korea -- Gyeongju City contain a remarkable concentration of outstanding examples of Korean Buddhist art, in the form of sculptures, reliefs, pagodas, and the remains of temples and palaces from the flowering of this form of unique artistic expression. The ruins of Hwangnyongsa, the Temple of the Yellow Dragon, have provided a wealth of archaeological data.

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Seokatap, an UNESCO World Heritage site in Korea

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, Apr 29, 2013

Seoul, Korea -- The famed Bulguksa in Gyeongju province, South Korea, an UNESCO World Heritage site houses Korea’s National Treasure No. 21, the famed three-storied stone pagoda, Seokatap.

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Ancient tombs discovered in Swat valley

Pak Tribune, 25 November, 2012

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Italian archaeologists say they have discovered a cemetery that reveals complex funeral rites dating back more than 3,000 years in Swat valley.

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Seokgatap pagoda, symbol of Sakyamuni Buddha

by Emi Hayakawa, BTN, Nov 6, 2012

Seoul, South Korea -- Bulguksa temple in Kyeongju, Korea is a UNESCO World Heritage site and literally means the “The Temple of Buddha’s Country.” Here in the center courtyard, two pagodas, known as the Dabotap and Seokgatop stand in grandeur. The two pagodas symbolize the incarnations of Buddha.

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Anniversary celebrations to highlight Tripitaka Koreana

The Buddhist Channel, Sept. 15, 2011

The Grand Opening of The 2011 Millennial Anniversary of The Tripitaka Koreana on September 23rd in Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea

SEOUL, South Korea -- The opening of the 2011 Millennial Anniversary of the Tripitaka Koreana on September 23rd in Hapcheon, Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea, will offer a rare opportunity to appreciate the actual blocks of the Tripitaka Koreana, recognized as the world's best woodblocks of the Buddhist scriptures.

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The First Sacred Buddhist Text, Tripitaka, Marks Millennial Anniversary

by Park Ji-won, Arirang News, May 10, 2011

Seoul, South Korea -- Buddha never left any written texts of his own, but over thousands of years his teachings have been transcribed through ancient scrolls, like this one.

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Silla travelogue gets brief Seoul showing

By Claire Lee, The Korea Times, Dec 21, 2010

Seoul, South Korea -- A travel diary by an 8th-century Korean monk is in Korea for the first time, a full 1,282 years after it was penned. Currently owned by the National Library of France, the manuscript is exhibited on temporary loan to the National Museum of Korea.

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Monk's crusade helps Korean history go home

By Kyoko Hasegawa, AFP, Aug 13, 2010

TOKYO, Japan -- A pledge by Japan to hand over cultural artefacts from the Korean peninsula's last dynasty has been welcomed in South Korea -- particularly by a monk who spent four years trying to make it happen.

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France to lend 8th century travelogue by Korean Buddhist to home country

By Kim Hyun, Yonhap News, June 29, 2010

SEOUL, South Korea -- An 8th-century book written by a Korean Buddhist monk after traveling in India and Central Asia will be temporarily brought home from France, where the book has been preserved since its rediscovery in 1908, a museum said Tuesday.

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