Pakistan celebrates Gandhara Week
COLOMBO: Foreign delegates attending the Gandhara Week
celebrations visited the ancient city of Taxila where they were
captivated by the rich archaeological and cultural heritage.
However, the heads of delegates from different countries including
Korea, Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka and China were unanimous in their
observation that both public and private organisations needed to make
concerted efforts to exploit the country’s true potential and attract
more and more tourists, states a press release issued by the High
Commission of Pakistan.
The event is part of the Destination Pakistan 2007 programme being
observed with the theme: “Historical review of the world’s ancient
Another significance of the celebrations is that Buddhists across the
globe are observing the 2,550th birth anniversary of the great Buddha.
Gandhara is the second holiest land for followers of Buddhism and is
the place from where the religion flourished across the globe.
The chief priest of Enmanji Temple Japan, Ryoko Nishioka, appreciated
the Ministry of Tourism for organising the event and the hospitality
extended to the foreign delegates.
He said the Japanese government was ready to extend financial
assistance to the Pakistani government for restoration and preservation
of Buddhist sites.