India's National Museum to showcase Buddha in Seoul

PTI, Jan 8, 2006

New Delhi, India -- The National Museum of India is all set to organise an exhibition on the life and teachings of Buddha in Seoul from January 17, 2006.

The exhibition, being organised under the cultural exchange programme between both the countries, will showcase 51 art objects including 41 Buddhist sculptures, two pieces of manuscripts, one epigraph, some jewellery and pieces of decorative art collected by the National Museum from length and breadth of India over the years.

"The event aims at strengthening 30 years of cultural and diplomatic ties between the largest democracy and the republic of South Korea," says R R S Chauhan, the Director (Exhibition and Public Relations) of the National Museum.

"The exhibition on Buddha will provide a rare chance to the Koreans to see the symbol of peace and compassion," he says.

The exhibition to be conducted at Korea Foundation Cultural Centre in Seoul will continue till February 28 and display Buddhist sculptures of various types, some of them in deep meditation.

He says that nearly 80 per cent of the people in South Korea were followers of Buddhist faith.

The items on display will outline the salient features of Buddhism and the Buddhist way of life in India through ages.