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TAAN promotes Nepal in South Korea

May 27 , 2013

TAAN promotes Nepal in South Korea

A delegation of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in the Seoul Lantern Festival held in South Korea in the second week of May.

Prior to the event, Eternal Peace Flame from Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Buddha – was taken to South Korea. The flame taken from Nepal was used to light peace flames in 108 monasteries in South Korea. “The peace flame will be permanently established in Dosunsa Temple for continuous burning as a major pilgrimage site and taken out to 108 associated monasteries around Korea allowing devotees to offer religious rituals and ceremony as well as praying for eternal peace, prosperity of Korean people and peaceful reunification of two Koreas,” the Nepalese Embassy in South Korea said in a statement.

The peace flame was also taken out in the procession for public during “Lantern Festival”, one of the largest festivals celebrated in Buddha Purnima, in Seoul.

The event saw participation of hundreds of thousands of visitors from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and many other Asian countries.

TAAN executive members Janak Pandey and Krishna Raj Bhattarai participated in the event. After their return to Nepal, they said the event helped relay the message to Buddhist followers that Lord Buddha was born in Nepal. “Many Koreans still don’t know that Buddha was born in Nepal,” they added.

On the request of Nepalese Embassy in Seoul, TAAN also provided replicas of Mayadevi Temple, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Bouddhanath Stupa to Dosunsa Temple in South Korea where the main event was organized. The replicas were paraded in Seoul to celebrate the lantern festival.

TAAN officials said the replicas kept at Dosunsa Monastery would encourage many South Koreans to visit Nepal.