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

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Unlike its neighbors in the region, though, no other country has successfully colonized Thailand. Even during World War Two, when the majority of the region fell under Japanese rule, the country was able to retain its sovereignty.

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A big part of Thai culture is the Buddhist religion. This belief system originated in India and is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who is known by his followers as Buddha. It’s believed Gautama lived in approximately 500 B.C. and was part of a privileged family.

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