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Buddhism in South Korea under scrutiny

27 May 2012 Last updated at 03:22 BST

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.