Peshawar museum's Buddha statues major attraction at Seoul exhibition

Published: June 29, 2017
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Pakistani envoy says Gandhara artifacts have been brought to the exhibition for the first time in seven decades. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Pakistani envoy says Gandhara artifacts have been brought to the exhibition for the first time in seven decades. PHOTO: EXPRESS

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: The 40 statues of Buddha sent from Peshawar museum have become a major attraction at the Gandhara Art exhibition in Seoul, South Korea.

The believers of Buddhism, religious leaders and citizens in thousands attended the event and lauded the Pakistani government and the archaeology department’s for their effort to preserve and maintain the remains of the religion in their original form.

Pakistan’s ambassador to South Korea Rahim Hayat Qureshi, who especially attended the event, told The Express Tribune “the Gandhara art exhibition will help promote a positive image of the country globally.”

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The exhibition recently commenced at Seoul Culture Centre and will continue for three-months.

On the first day of the event, ambassadors from Bhutan, Taiwan and Sri Lanka participated and expressed special interest in the statues of Buddha brought from the museum.

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“Korea and Pakistan share a cultural relationship,” said ambassador Qureshi while addressing those in attendance. “Pakistan’s participation in the exhibition will promote a positive image of the country globally.”

He highlighted that artifacts from Pakistan had been brought to the exhibition for the first time in seven decades.

The envoy hoped the exhibition will promote trade between both the countries besides boosting the religious and cultural relationship.

The curator from Peshawar exhibition as well as officials from Pakistan’s archaeology department participated in the exhibition.

It is expected that the exhibition will gather a crowd of more than 0.5 million visitors towards its culmination. It is for the first time that the artifacts associated with Buddhism have been displayed by Muslim countries.

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