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Thai worshippers gather beneath enormous Buddha statue

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Thais gather near a giant Buddha statue during Makha Bucha Day at a temple in Ang Thong province, about 60 miles north of Bangkok on Wednesday. Makha Bucha Day honours Buddha and his teachings, and falls on the full moon day of the third lunar month.

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Thais gather near the right hand of the giant Buddha statue during Makha Bucha Day.

According to Wikipedia, at 302 feet, this is the ninth tallest statue in the world, between a Peter the Great statue in Moscow and another Buddha in Wuxi, China. The Statue of Liberty, for comparison, is the 30th tallest at 151 feet (though it stands atop a 154-ft pedestal).