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

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

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As previously mentioned, one of the major draws for visitors to Thailand is, of course, the country’s exciting culture. In 2017, for instance, U.S. News & World Report named Thailand as the seventh-best destination for heritage worldwide. And, according to the U.S. News press release put out 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. Interestingly, the country had been known as Siam until 1939 and had been an absolute monarchy prior to an uprising in 1932. Yet since then the country has for the most part operated as a constitutional monarchy, with a congress voted for by the people. A series of revolts has, however, seen the military hold power at various points over the decades.

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