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700-Year Journey of the Statue of Buddha Told in One Place


SEOUL, Sept. 22 (Korea Bizwire)The 700-year journey of the statue of Buddha, which started in India where Buddhism was born, up to the point where it blossomed in the far east in Korea, will be summed up in one exhibit.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its move to Yongsan, the National Museum of Korea will hold the exhibit, ‘Statue of Buddha, From Gandhara to Seorabeol’, from September 25 to November 15.

The exhibit will introduce the traditions of Korean Buddhist sculpture in an exchange with India, China, Vietnam and Japan. A total of 210 statues owned by 26 organizations from eight countries will be exhibited.

The first exhibit focuses on the origins of Buddhist statues and their purposes. Statues from Gandahara and Mathura will be exhibited, showing the visitors the differences between the two regions.


The second part will shed light on the changes Buddhist statues went through in China during the Sixteen Kingdoms (304 to 439 AD) to the Sui Dynasty (581 to 618 AD). Along with the Chinese statues of Buddha, statues originating in India and Vietnam from the same period will also be exhibited to highlight the differences.

The third part will exhibit the statues of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. By observing Chinese and Korean statues together, visitors will be able to learn about methods adopted from China, and what was introduced to Japan.


Finally, the fourth exhibit will hold a statue of Buddha in meditation. The statue of Buddha, thinking about ‘existence’ with his legs crossed, is the most popular image of Buddha in Korea.

Officials from the museum anticipate that the exhibit will be a chance to show the difference in cultures, and share how different Buddhist cultures are spread and absorbed to create a new culture.


Image Credit: National Museum of Korea / photonews@koreabizwire.com

One thought on “700-Year Journey of the Statue of Buddha Told in One Place

  1. Riya So

    the south koreans who’re christians are traitors 2 their own korean race, & so must be punished. here’s why:

    - the concept of the messiah was created in judaism, judaism was created by the jews, the jews believe that the messiah will come directly from heaven in person, not thru the belly & virgina of a human woman, jesus, who was a jew, exploited judaism & declared himself 2b the messiah, but he was born out of the belly & thru the virgina of a human woman, so the jews charged him with & convicted him of blasphemy, & killed him on the cross,

    - the jews, who’re jesus’ people & whom jesus claimed he came 2 “save”, have always rejected him, & will in all likelihood always reject him,

    - christianism was born out of judaism by the exploitation of judaism by jesus, judaism was created by the jews, the christian god is the same as the judaist god, however the jews always reject jesus,

    - jesus is a dead corpse nailed on a cross, as confirmed by the christians of all stripes,

    - the christians worship a dead corpse nailed on a cross as their god,

    - yeah yeah their god is a dead corpse nailed on a cross!! d’ohh!!

    - the symbol of christianism, the cross, is a symbol of death,

    - christianism is a religion of death,

    - christianism is based on the barbaric ritual of sacrificin’ humans & animals 2 the gods, thus it’s a barbaric superstition,

    - jesus was a cursed condemned man, this was contrary 2 the expectation that the founder of a religion is supposed 2b a blessed man,

    - why did god have 2 sacrifice his “only son” 2b killed painfully on the cross b4 he agrees 2 “save” you?? aint he have the power or the willingness 2 “save” you without sacricin’ his “only son” 2 die painfully on the cross?? is he that blood-thirsty??

    - where did god live & what did he do in the infinite time period b4 he suddenly got bored & “created” the universe only 8,000 years ago??

    - the arrival of christianism in europe spelled the death of the greek scientific & mathematical knowledge & philosophical wisdom,

    - the christian church blocked the progress of science for 15 centuries, till the renaissance (french 4 “rebirth”) in the 16th century when the christian church was separated from the state & the greek knowledge & wisdom were resurrected & used as the foundation 4 further & continuous growth of knowledge & wisdom,

    - when that pope arrived in south korea, he had a smile that was the smile of a foreign imperialist conqueror lookin’ down on his conquered low-life korean slaves.

    so, why did some south koreans convert 2 christianism?? bcoz they consider the imperialist american occupiers in particular & the white race in general as bein’ superior 2 their own korean race (believe it or not, south korea is still bein’ occupied by american armed troops). thus they demote their own korean race 2b an inferior race, consequently they’re traitors 2 their own korean race, & hence they must be punished. that’s why.

    buddhists & other non-christians in south korea, wake up & defend your korean national & cultural identity, dignity, & pride, b4 it’s 2 late. 4 the non-religious, it’s better still 4 you 2 become buddhists & join other buddhists. all of you buddhists & other non-christians, dont let the cheatin’ christian missionaries destroy buddhism & your korean culture freely at will without challenge (“cheatin’” bcoz they pose as charities while their ultimate goal is 2 convert the poor/needy). the most effective way 4 defense against the destruction of your korean culture by christianism is 2 attack christianism, which is easy, using the facts i cite above. stop bein’ passive!! be active!! fight back!!

    north korea, re-unify korea & restore the korean culture by eliminatin’ christianism & bringin’ buddhism back 2 its rightful place!! north vietnam could & did re-unify vietnam even though south vietnam was occupied by the imperialist american armed troops. so can you re-unify korea!!


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