Rioting monks turn over a van
Media playback is unsupported on your device
Video

Buddhism in South Korea under scrutiny

South Korea is preparing to celebrate the birthday of Buddha, but the role of monks in the country has been questioned after recent scandals.

The religion has a central role in the country's history and identity, but today only about a quarter of Koreans describe themselves as Buddhist.

Video footage emerged last month showing a group of monks drinking and gambling in a hotel bedroom. Lucy Williamson reports from Seoul.

  • 27 May 2012
  • From the section Asia
Go to next video: Secret video shows monks gambling