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Ride of Spring


South Korean children ride a roller coaster at an amusement and animal park south of Seoul on May 2, as part of a temple-stay program that teaches about Buddhism. Each year, Buddhist parents sign up their children to spend three weeks as monks, shaving their heads, wearing robes and taking part in services, leading up to Buddha’s birthday on May 12. Buddhism was brought to Korea from China about 1,700 years ago, and today about a quarter of South Koreans follow the religion.

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