South Korean scholar emphasises need for cultural highway

Gandhara Buddhist heritage is like Mecca for Buddhists as the heartland is located in present-day Pakistan


Our Correspondent April 21, 2016

TAXILA: Enhanced cultural exchanges cannot only strengthen cultural ties but can also promote tourism between Pakistan and South Korea. This was said by Gandhara Art and Culture Association Secretary General Park Kyo Soon on her recent visit to Taxila Museum.

She said that the association wants to establish cultural highway to bring people of both countries closer.

At the moment there are hardly any foreign tourists coming to Pakistan, therefore, it is important to promote it, the secretary general said.

Gandhara Buddhist heritage is like Mecca for Buddhists as the heartland is located in present-day Pakistan, she said.

However, so far we have not done enough to promote and attract Buddhists to come to the country, she added. She said that Pakistan is of great significance to Korean people as the land is birthplace of Buddhism and first monk Maranatha.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 22nd,  2016.

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