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Secret video shows Buddhist monks' gambling session

Six leaders from South Korea's biggest Buddhist order have quit after secret video footage showed some monks playing high-stakes poker, drinking and smoking.

South Korean TV networks aired secretly-shot footage of monks playing poker, some smoking and drinking, after gathering at a luxury lakeside hotel in late April for a fellow monk's memorial service.

The Buddhist monk Seongho, who reported the incident, said the monks had gambled for many hours.

Jinje, the highest spiritual leader of the Jogye order made a public apology vowing "self-repentance".

  • 11 May 2012
  • From the section Asia