Friday, July 17, 2015

Korea to return plundered Buddhist statues to Japan

By Kim Hyung-Eun
An eighth-century statue of a standing Buddha. [JoongAng Ilbo]
KOREA---Korea has decided to return one of two ancient Buddhist statues of Korean origin that Korean thieves looted from Japanese temples nearly four years ago, putting partial closure on the prolonged dispute. In October 2012, a ring of Korean bandits stole and smuggled two sculptures from temples in Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture - one a bronze statue of a standing Buddha, that was created in the eighth century during Korea’s Silla Dynasty (57 B.C. to A.D. 935) and the other a seated Bodhisattva created in the 14th century during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). [link]