Corruption Scandals Shake Korea's Largest Buddhist Order

April 20, 2005

Source: Korea TImes

On April 20, 2005 the Korea TImes reported, "The Chogye Order, the nation’s largest Buddhist sect, is embroiled in a relay of internal illegalities and irregularities and is tainting its transcendent image. Experts point out that the order needs an overhaul as the incidents reflect the underlining shady practices in the temples around the nation. According to recent reports, members of Pulguksa Temple in North Kyongsang Province, one of the nation’s oldest temples, were found last week to have run an illegal golf practice range within its compound for three years. Its head monk is suspected to have gambled abroad and violated a law on foreign currency exchange. He also allegedly purchased a yacht. The prosecution is currently inspecting the charges. The monk admitted last week to his involvement in the golf range, but denied all of the other charges."