BUTWAL: The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), one of the international donor agencies operating in the country, has stressed developing Lumbini area as the Vatican City of the Buddhists by formulating an integrated masterplan.
A delegation of KOICA which is visiting Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, also suggested including the entire Lumbini region and surrounding places in this development plan.
The leader of the KOICA team, Prof Kwak Yong Hum, speaking at a discussion programme here on Wednsday said Lumbini could be developed as Mecca and Medina are for the Muslims and as the Vatican City is for the Christians. The discussion was organized by the Siddharthanagar Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He said Lumbini could be developed as a World Peace City and it would be centre of faith for people of all the faiths.
Prof Kwak who has already spent over 10 years studying about Lumbini said development of Lumbini means the development of the entire Lumbini area and not just the area around Lumbini .
He stressed the integrated development of the Lumbini region including other areas related with the life of the Buddha like Tilaurakot, Devdaha and Ramgram.
"This integrated development should also include programmes for the improvement of the living standard of the local community there," Prof Kwan stressed.