Praying for pandemic to end: Monks arrive in Seoul after 500km journey
28 October 2020 | 11:11 am
Buddhist monks arrive in Seoul after a 500-kilometre pilgrimage dedicated to prayers to end the coronavirus pandemic. "We monks walked with the mindset of earnestly wishing this situation would come to an end and that this nation can overcome it," says one monk.
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