Pakistan is home to world heritage, where it has been the cradle of the oldest civilizations. Indus Valley Civilization, Mohenjo-daro, Taxila are a few ones that are mentioned. In KPK, there are a lot of Buddhist historical sites. Buddhist monks and nuns from Malaysia, Indonesia, and China have come to visit their sacred sites in Pakistan.
Buddhist sites in Pakistan
Peshawar Museum holds one of the world’s biggest collections of Buddhist artifacts. Some of the important Buddhist sites are:
- Taxila: Dhamarajika Stupa and Monastery, Bhir Mound, Sirkap, Jandial Temple and Jaulian Monastery
- Migora: Shingardar Stupa, Amaan Kot and Jehan-a-Abad
- Tope Mankiala at Mankiala
- Stupas at Katas Raj
Taxila has the oldest university which was established 2700 years ago. It has been a sanctuary and centre of learning where people from Central and Western Asia came in search of knowledge or business. Several Buddhist pilgrims come every year now.
Takht-I-Bahi which means Throne of Origins was founded in the 1st century. It is the most well-structured Buddhist monastery in the Gandhara region. It is also listed as a world heritage site. The region flourished around 1000 BC and lasted for over 1000 years.
Monks visit Takht-I-Bahi
Monks and Nuns from China, Malaysia, and Indonesia visited the world heritage site of Takht-I-Bahi. They were overwhelmed to see the well-preserved Buddhist sites. Department of Archaeology and Museums welcomed them and briefed them about the historical and archaeological importance of Buddhist sites in Pakistan.
KPK: Home to Buddhist sites
KPK is home to almost 2,000 heritage sites. In addition to this, 30,000 relics of the Gandhara civilization are also found there. According to the provincial government officials, they are working to protect ancient sites and develop infrastructure “promote the province as a hub of religious tourism.”
KP director for archaeology and museums Dr. Abdul Samad said, “only about five % of the sites in KP province have been scientifically explored. ”They are doing their best to protect and restore Pakistan’s “undiscovered treasures and its multicultural identity.”