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2020 Special Exhibition Sea Routes of Buddhism

  • Period 2020 - 12 - 08 ~ 2021 - 03 - 01
  • Showroom Special Exhibition Gallery
  • Ticket fee Free

From the dawn of civilization, human kind has made various exchanges through land and sea routes.

This shows that 'exchange' is part of human nature and is one of the driving forces of the development of civilization.

East and West have exchanged politically, economically, and culturally through sea routes, desert routes, and grassland routes called ‘the Silk Road.’

Among these types of route, sea routes were more efficient than land routes in terms of scale and economy.

Therefore, the era of maritime trade began which gradually replaced land routes, beginning about the 7th century.

The Indian monk Yongsu(Nāgārjuna, about150-250) compares 'Nanhangdo(the difficult practice of achieving enlightenment by oneself) and Ihaengdo(the easy practice of achieving enlightenment by the power of others)' to land routes and sea routes respectively atSipjubipasaron(Dasabhumika vibhasa Sastra).

This record represents the preference for and development of maritime trade from the time of Christ.