A meeting took place between Director General IBC, Shri Abhijit Halder, and Dr. Vinay Kumar Rao, a Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. They discussed the new book on Gaya Buddhism and the India-Korea relationship at the IBC headquarters in New Delhi. Professor Rao also presented the recently released book, 'Gaya Buddhism - Unlatching the Gate,' to DG IBC. Professor Rao recently led a joint exploration team to the Republic of Korea, including Ms. Srishti Jain, Venerable Buddha Pala Ji, and Shri. Cho Myong Che. The team, led by Prof. Roy, visited Gyeongju Bulguksa, Seokguram Stone Cave Temple, Queen Heo Tomb, King Suro Tomb, Maneosan, Mangsado, Heunggugksa Temple, Haeinsa, Eunhasa Temple, Jong Gyu Sa Temple, and various museums in the southern region of the Republic of Korea, conducting an archaeological survey.
During the visit of the joint archaeological teams and after preliminary exploration (September 15 to September 21, 2023), the team found sufficient evidence to support the cultural relations between India and Korea. DG IBC emphasized the historical facts mentioned in the book, which theorize that Buddhism arrived in Korea from India by sea through Princess Suriratna of Ayodhya, who reached the Korean Gaya kingdom in 48 A.D. DG IBC discussed the findings from the exploration team, including motifs like lotus, fish-couples, tortoises, Śivaliṅgaṁ, and Buddha images discovered at these archaeological and religious sites of importance. DG IBC assured that IBC has remained at the forefront and will continue to support the highlighting of centuries-old enlightenment that deepens the India-Korea cultural and historical connection, further strengthening the bond between the two nations.