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Buddhists from two Koreas meet in North

2015/11/03 20:16

SEOUL, Nov. 3 (Yonhap) -- Buddhist leaders of the two Koreas gathered in the North Korean border town of Kaesong, joining voices for reconciliation and peaceful reunification.

The representatives from South Korea's Cheontae Order and the North's Buddhist federation held a joint ceremony in Kaeseong to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the reconstruction of Ryongtong Temple.

Believed to have been the first Cheontae temple in Korea, Ryongtong Temple was destroyed by fire in the 16th century and damaged further by the 1950-53 Korean War.

The temple was reconstructed on Oct. 31, 2005 in cooperation with North Korean authorities and the Cheontae Order.

The event was attended by 120 Buddhists, with 70 of them being South Koreans.

Ryongtong Temple, located in Kaesong, North Korea. (Yonhap) Ryongtong Temple, located in Kaesong, North Korea. (Yonhap)

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