In Hua Hin, Thailand, a crew of world renowned ice sculptors carve what they claim is the tallest statue of Buddha ever made in ice, during the celebration of the King's 88th birthday

I arrived in Hua Hin, Thailand, this past December just in time to celebrate the 88th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The King, who is also known as Rama IX, is so revered in Thailand that they hold a five-day celebration for his birthday. Streets and buildings were draped with white lights and stages were setup for musical performances, but the highlight of the event was carving the world’s tallest ice sculpture of Buddha. As finishing touches were applied to the monolithic Buddha, locals gathered in front of…

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