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The three-day festival marks Buddha's descent from heaven and is normally marked by riotous fireworks displays
Thich Nhat Hanh spent 39 years in France and advocated for religious freedom around the world
The full-moon that marks the end of the rainy season is celebrated across Myanmar in explosions of color, with fireworks, and lanterns
Work on the statue, which is as tall as a 20-storey building, started in 2017 and should be completed this year
People walk barefoot with Buddhist monks over smouldering coals at an annual festival near Mt. Takaosan
Authorities claimed the structures had been 'built without approval'
Temple tries to tackle country's massive plastic waste problem