Thailand offers to rebuild Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan

Thailand offers to rebuild the Bamiyan Buddha statues that were destroyed by the Taliban regime. Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist state.

18 June 2006 (MCOT News) – Thailand offers to rebuild the Bamiyan Buddha statues that were destroyed by the Taliban regime. Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist state.

Thailand offers to rebuild Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra offered to reconstruct the ancient world heritage Buddha statues destroyed by Afghanistan’s former Taleban regime in 2001.

The former Afghan Islamic fundamentalist regime dynamited and used artillery to deface and destroy the priceless twin Buddha statues, carved into the heart of the Hindu Kush mountains in Bamiyan, claiming that all statues are idols and therefore their existence was contrary to Islamic belief.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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