TAAN promotes Nepal in South Korea
May 27 , 2013
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
TAAN officials said the replicas
kept at Dosunsa Monastery would encourage many South Koreans to visit Nepal.