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How the Thinnest Burmese Gold Leaf Is Made

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How the Thinnest Burmese Gold Leaf Is Made

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In Burma, goldworking skills have been passed down over generations. Here's a look at the painstaking process required to produce the fine gold leaf that's sold near temples for devotional gilding.

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Throughout Burma, temples, stupas, and statues of gold pop out in the lush, green landscape. This golden architecture has become Burma's calling card, but how and why did that become the standard here? Join us as we travel across Myanmar, the jewel of Asia, and reveal the history and myths surrounding these shrines, each one created as an offering to the Buddha. We will visit such treasures as the golden pagoda of Mt. Kyaiktiyo, which rests perilously atop a huge boulder, the 344-foot Shwedagon Pagoda, and the revered Mahamuni Buddha Temple.

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