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Atlas of Maritime Buddhism

The Atlas of Maritime Buddhism is a testament to how Buddhism has flourished for many centuries and continues to thrive today. Covering thousands of important Buddhist sites, the Atlas of Maritime Buddhism maps these treasured monuments and sublime architectures of South, Southeast, and Eastern Asia. The spread of Buddhism by maritime routes from the Ganges Basin in India to East and Inner Asia, in the early centuries of the Common Era (CE), is a crucial part of its history. Trade connecting seaports and riverine sites played a major role in the expansion of Buddhism beyond the shores of India. The focus of this exhibition is the way Buddhism travelled these maritime routes in networks that flowed from India to China and Southeast Asia.