Rev. Seoljo, a senior Buddhist monk, on Monday ended his 41-day hunger strike demanding the reform of the country's largest Buddhist order as his health has significantly worsened.
"His health is in serious condition as various health indicators have deteriorated. Regardless of his will, we will take him to the hospital today," a person close to the monk said.
The monk started his hunger strike on June 20 to press Ven. Seoljeong, the disgraced head of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, to step down as chief executive, to take responsibility for allegations of embezzlement and corruption. Along with the demand for the resignation, he is calling for a reform of the order. The Jogye Order is the country's biggest Buddhist sect.
It is reported that the monk was insistent on continuing the hunger strike, but people around him have persuaded him to stop.
He will receive a medical checkup near Jogye Temple in downtown Seoul, where he staged the hunger strike, and is expected to be taken to Green Hospital in northeastern Seoul on Monday afternoon.(Yonhap News)