Joseon Dynasty-Era Buddhist Paintings to Return Home From U.S.

This photo provided by the Jogye Order shows the "Preaching Sakyamuni Buddha," which will be repatriated from the United States in July. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
SEOUL, June 25 (Yonhap) -- Four Buddhist paintings from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), which were illegally shipped out of the country soon after the 1950-53 Korean War, will be brought back home from the United States next month, a local Buddhist sect said Thursday. The Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism said it and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) have agreed on the restoration of the four Buddhist paintings, including the "Preaching Sakyamuni Buddha," particularly in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. The paintings were taken out of Sinheung Temple, located at Mount Seorak, in Sokcho, 213 kilometers east of Seoul, in 1954. [More]