Every day dozens of tour buses stop outside Yangon's Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda and unload their cargo of Thai tourists eager to view the 65m-long reclining Buddha inside.
TOGETHER IN PRAYER: Locals and foreigners visit Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon on Makha Bucha Day. PHOTO: THITI WANNAMONTHA
Brought to the site in 1966 after decades of neglect, the Buddha image has been restored with the help of foreign donations. Its porcelain head with kindly blue-shaded eyes made from Japanese glass has earned it the lyrical name of the ''Sweet-Eyed Buddha''. The Thais, it seems, can't get enough of the cultural and religious attractions their neighbour has to offer, which echo their own traditions, but in an unspoiled environment due to Myanmar's long period of isolation.
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