Buddhist monks from China, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and South Korea visited Buddhist ancient and historical monuments at Takht Bhai in district Mardan today (Thursday, July 13) as part of their participation in the International Gandhara Symposium.
According to the media reports, the Buddhist Monks showed keen interest in their religious sites at Takht Bhai and thanked the government of Pakistan particularly the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for caring and preserving the history of Gandhara civilization.
They took a round of different parts of the sites including Main Stupa, Stupa Court, and Monastery, and also held prayers there.
During the visit, the Director of Archeology of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dr. Abdul Samad briefed the Monks about the government steps to preserve the religious sites of Buddha and Buddhist civilization.
On this occasion, Minister of State and Chairman for Prime Minister Task Force on Gandhara Tourism, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani said the government of Pakistan will provide all kinds of facilitation to the Buddhist people from across the world for visiting these historical sites. He said the Monks, who attended the three-day International Gandhara Symposium and also visited their religious sites in Taxila and Takht Bhai, are the ambassadors and representatives of Pakistan and are committed to promoting Buddhism in their countries citing the efforts of the government of Pakistan in preserving their religious sites.