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Appellate court rules against local temple claiming ownership of Buddhist statue stolen from Japan
Appellate court rules against local temple claiming ownership of Buddhist statue stolen from Japan
Social affairsFeb 1, 2023
DAEJEON -- An appellate court on Wednesday ruled against a Buddhist temple in a civil suit it filed to claim a 14th century statue taken away to Japan centuries ago, and stolen and brought back to South Korea a decade ago. The 50.5-centimeter-tall Buddhist statue from the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) was one of the two bronze statues Korean thieves stole from Kannon Temple in Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture, in October 2012. Claiming its ownership, Buseok Temple in Seosan, 98 kilometers southwest