Followers have been showering monks – who are deeply respected in the kingdom – with foods loaded with sugar, fat and oil, prodding along a brewing health crisis.
The nearly two-metre-tall artwork is thought to date from the late 12th to the early 13th century. It is the most significant statue discovery at Angkor since two giant Buddha carvings were unearthed in 2011.
Celebrated in various countries, from India to Thailand, Myanmar, South Korea, and Malaysia, Wesak Day, as Buddha's birthday is known, is a festival that celebrates the birth, death and enlightenment of Gautama Buddha.
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