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<Picture: Ven. Jaseung views Wang ocheonchukguk jeon, an ancient Buddhist record>
Ven. Jaseung and Jogye Order monastics viewed a special exhibition called ¡°Silk Road and Dunhuang¡± at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul on January 24. Attending the exhibition were Ven. Jaseung, Ven. Yeongdam Director of Department of Administration, Ven. Wondam Director of the Planning Office, Ven. Seonwol Director of the Department of Finance, Ven. Hyotan Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Ven. Hyekyung Director of the Department of Social Affairs, Ven. Sanun, Ven. Hongseon, Ven. Jeongman, and over 200 others.
This exhibition has significance as the first exhibition in Korea, related to the Silk Road. For the exhibition, the museum borrowed a total of 214 relics from 12 foreign institutions.
The exhibition serves as an occasion to finally introduce the valuable ancient record, Wang ocheonchukguk jeon to the general public for the very first time. Wang ocheonchukguk jeon, a travel journal written by a Shilla Buddhist monk named Hyecho in the early 8th century, has long been regarded as one of the three best ancient travel journals. It was discovered by the French archaeologist Paul Pelliot in Dunhuang in 1908. It is currently kept by the National Library of France (Bibliotheque Nationale de France) and will be open to the public for the first time since its publication 1,283 years ago.
Besides, visitors will encounter other valuable relics brought back from the places where Hyecho visited, such as Kashgar, an oasis town east of the Taklamakan Desert, the Chinese garrison town of Lulan, and the section of the Silk Road in China that connects Dunhuang with Xian.
Moreover, Dunhuang Cave, from which Wang ocheonchukguk jeon was excavated, has been perfectly replicated in the exhibition hall to offer visitors a very special experience.
The exhibition will offer visitors a precious opportunity to see what the culture, art, everyday life, and religion of the diverse peoples in the regions along the Silk Road was like, along with the close relations between their civilization and that of Korea.
The above information was taken from the National Museum of Korea’s website: http://www.museum.go.kr/main/index/index002.jsp