When This Sacred Buddha Statue Was Damaged, The Real Treasure Hidden Inside Was Revealed

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In December 2018 the Tourism Authority of Thailand reported a 7.5 percent increase in tourist numbers from the previous year. That meant a staggering 34.4 million people had come to the country from abroad. And in turn, they had helped to generate a tourism revenue of an estimated $57 million.

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One of the major draws for visitors to Thailand is, of course, the country’s exciting culture. Indeed, in 2017 U.S. News named Thailand as the seventh-best destination for heritage worldwide. According to a press release put out by U.S. News at the time, to be considered in this category countries had to be, “Culturally accessible, [have] a rich history, [have] great food, [and] many cultural attractions.”

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The history of the Thai kingdom stretches back to the 12th century, in fact. Until 1939 it was known as Siam and had been an absolute monarchy prior an uprising in 1932. Since then, the country has operated as a constitutional monarchy, with a congress voted for by the people. However, a series of revolts has seen the military hold power at various points over the decades.

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