Korean monks in city for ‘spiritual peace’

70 members visit Lahore Museum and commend the artifacts

BILAL GHAURI November 20, 2019
Lahore Museum. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism President Venerable Wonhaeng said historic pieces of the Gandhara civilization are precious and well preserved at the Lahore Museum. He said that was the reason the delegation was happy to visit.

Wonhaeng wrote comments in the guestbook. During his visit to the museum, the Buddhist leader took interest in various art galleries and the Gandhara culture’s art and crafts. He described them as the best collection in the world.

“I am visiting Pakistan after 20 years and I am glad to come here,” he said.

“It is commendable that the government has preserved Gandhara artifacts so beautifully in the Lahore Museum,” he added.

Wonhaeng said the delegation has come here to find spiritual peace. Other members of the delegation are also happy to see how Gandhara's relics have been preserved.

“The museum contains valuable Gandhara art and crafts that are not available anywhere else in the world,” he said.

The delegation also spent some time in worship and performed their religious rituals, while other members pictures with Gandhara artefacts, kept at the museum.

The ladies accompanied by the delegation included Young-Mi Lee and Jun Mi Lee. One of them stated that visiting the Lahore Museum was an old wish which had now came true.

“Coming here is one of the most memorable experiences of my life and the Gandhara art and crafts here very valuable,” said Lee.

Director Lahore Museum Tariq Mehmood Javed said the museum preserved thousands of years of civilization in Pakistan.

“We are proud of the fact that not only the finest antiquities of the region are present in the museum, but also that research work on them is underway,” he said.  The delegation was welcomed by Museum Officer Asim Director Tariq Mehmood Javi and others.

The delegation was also briefed about the Gandhara Civilization and its antiques would be other places containing art pieces of  Gandhara Civilization.

“The museum contains valuable Gandhara art and crafts that are not available anywhere else in the world,” said Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism President Venerable Wonhaeng.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 20th, 2019.


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