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Buddhist monks from 2 Koreas hold joint service

AP, Sept 5, 2011

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Buddhist monks from North and South Korea are holding a rare joint religious service in the North amid recent hopeful signs that animosity is easing between the rivals.

Footage from Associated Press Television News in North Korea shows the monks pressing their hands together in prayer and bowing before a statue of Buddha at the ancient Pohyon Temple on Monday.

The ceremony northwest of Pyongyang commemorates the 1,000th anniversary of an engraving of a major Buddhist scripture that's considered sacred by Buddhists in both Koreas.

South Korean monks traveled to North Korea on Saturday.

The Koreas are still divided along a heavily fortified border decades after the end of the the 1950-53 Korean War.

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