Richard Gere visits Buddhist temple in South Korea

By the Associated Press | June 21, 2011 | 6:29 AM EDT

U.S. actor Richard Gere, left, listens to monk Sung Jin during his visit to the Korean Buddhism's Chogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, June 21, 2011. Gere is in South Korea for six days to promote his photo exhibition and tour Buddhist temples. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man, Pool)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Richard Gere is visiting a Buddhist temple in Seoul where he received gifts of prayer beads, ceremonial clothing and porcelain incense burners.

The practicing Buddhist said Tuesday at Jogye Temple that he appreciates Korean Buddhism's traditions and wants them to stay strong.

Gere is in Seoul promoting an exhibition of photographs of Tibet and India taken by the Hollywood actor and other photographers.

Gere is a longtime activist for Tibet, the Dalai Lama and Tibetan exiles.

His films include "Pretty Woman," ''Unfaithful" and "Chicago" for which he won a Golden Globe.