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Pilgrimage Group to Visit 108 Korean Temples
Doseonsa Temple has organized a pilgrimage group to visit 108 Korean temples. Since October of 2006, the pilgrimage group of thousands of Korean faithful is visiting one Korean temple per month. The group is made of more than 6000 Buddhist faithful and the number continues to grow. Since it is difficult for such a large number to visit one temple all at once, the group is divided into three groups. The first group visits on Friday, the second on Saturday and the third on Sunday. When they visit, the local farmers set up a market for the pilgrimage group. The farmers can sell directly to the buyer so the profit is better, and the buyer can buy fresh vegetables at a good price. The customer can also continue to buy from the farmers using the postal system.
The members of the pilgrimage group receive a bead with the name of a temple that they visit. The idea is to collect 108 beads to make a full 108-bead mala.