India encourages Buddhist travel, welcome pilgrims from S Korea

Wednesday 15th February 2023 06:20 EST

The teaching of Buddhism has had an impact on several countries including Central Asia, Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and some countries in the Nordic region too.

India is receiving 108 Buddhist pilgrims from South Korea for the first time since the two nations commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations. Before continuing on to Nepal, the Sangwol Society-organized pilgrimage would travel more than 1,100 km and stop at Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Along with assisting visitors to learn about Lord Buddha's teachings and follow in his footsteps during his lifetime, the pilgrimage seeks to strengthen ties of friendship and cooperation between India and South Korea. The Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Apurva Chandra, announced the specifics of this and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's objective was to promote the Buddhist tourism circuit in India for the rest of the world.

The South Korean ambassador to India, Chang Jae-bok, stated that South Korea is committed to India's success as the G20 President and that 2023 is a special year for the bilateral relations between the two countries. He added that the Buddhist teachings align with the motto of India’s G20 presidency, ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’.

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