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文化財保護・芸術研究助成財団 (東京都台東区上野、理事長:宮田亮平) は、東日本大震災で被災した文化財の復旧支援活動の一環として、ワールド・モニュメント財団 (World Monuments Fund: WMF/米国ニューヨーク、理事長:ボニー・バーナム) と連携し、被災地域主導での復旧活動を広く国内外に支援を訴えるキャンペーン「東日本大震災被災文化財復旧支援事業 (Save Our Culture 心を救う、文化で救う)」(以下「SOC」という。) を開始しました。SOC は、文化庁の協力を得て実施していきます。
A guest feature by Littlestone.
The Seokguram Buddha (석굴암) prior to its restoration
Another rummage through some old photographs today threw up this one of the Seokguram Buddha (석굴암) in South Korea prior to its restoration some forty years ago. Part of the Wikipedia entry for the Seokguram Buddha reads -
The Seokguram Grotto is a hermitage and part of the Bulguksa temple complex. It lies four kilometers east of the temple on Mt. Tohamsan, in Gyeongju, South Korea. It is classified as National Treasure No. 24 by the South Korean government and is located at 994, Jinhyeon-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsanbuk-do. The grotto overlooks the Sea of Japan (East Sea) and rests 750 meters above sea level. In 1962, it was designated the 24th national treasure of Korea. In 1995, Seokguram was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List together with the Bulguksa Temple. It exemplifies some of the best Buddhist sculptures in the world.
The Seokguram Buddha now. Source Wikipedia. Image credit Richardfabi
See also Part I of Not all is doom and gloom…