Young Buddhist monk praying at Shwesandaw Temple, Bagan, Myanmar 21 Nov 2016
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In this photo, a young Buddhist monk prays by candlelight at the Shwesandaw Temple in Bagan, Myanmar. The Shwesandaw Temple is a Buddhist temple that was constructed by King Anawrahata in 1057, at the ancient city of Bagan.
Inside the temple, it is said that sacred hairs from the Siddhārtha Gautama, better known as Lord Buddha, are shrined. Although Myanmar has no official state religion, as of 2014, it is estimated that almost 90% of the country's 54-million strong population were Buddhist. As such, there are a great many temples, such as Shwesandaw, and other holy sites scattered all over the country, including an estimated 2,000 in an around Bagan.
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