Myanmar pilgrims return to Buddha’s golden footprints

Devotees are returning in greater numbers to a central Myanmar temple, built around the gold-lined footprints of Buddha, after the Covid pandemic and a military coup curbed the annual pilgrimage. Advertising The Shwe Sat Taw pagoda in the Magway region, west of the military capital Naypyidaw, was built around footprints that, according to myth, the […]

Searching for traces of the ancient Chola dynasty

One of the world’s most remarkable—and little known—empires comes to life in south India with new heritage tours. The only thing left of the grand city of Gangaikondacholapuram in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu is a temple amidst paddy fields. But for a time, it was an epicenter of medieval Southeast Asia and […]

1,000-year-old Buddha statue found to contain a mummified monk

A 1,000-year-old statue of the Buddha was taken in for some restoration work when researchers made the incredible discovery that there was somebody inside. The statue had been transported to Drents Museum in the Netherlands for some refreshment after 1,000 years when the mummified remains of a human being were discovered inside. Putting the statue […]

Fallen ancient Buddha statue to be put upright by 2025

Studies have shown that a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the region in 1430, which resulted in the 1,300-year-old statue’s tumble. SEOUL – A 1,300-year-old rock-carved Buddha statue in Gyeongju’s Namsan, discovered with its face down a mere 5 centimeters away from a giant rock, is to be reerected, the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism announced […]