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BHUTAN-CHANGE/
RTX4DVSB
18 Jan. 2018
For decades Bhutan had no television, no traffic lights... more
BHUTAN-CHANGE/
RTX4DVSB
18 Jan. 2018
Thimphu, Bhutan
For decades Bhutan had no television, no traffic lights and a culture that had barely changed in centuries. Today, bars dot the capital, Thimphu, set in mist-covered mountains, teenagers crowd internet cafes to play violent video games, and men smoke and gamble in snooker halls. There are still no traffic lights after residents protested against the installation of one, but otherwise the once-isolated Buddhist country tucked between India and China is changing, and bringing the modern world's problems in its wake. Bhutan measures its national wealth by a Gross National Happiness index aiming to build a contented, fulfilled society. Signs of change are everywhere, pulling the country of snow-capped, jagged mountains, forests, rivers and clean air into the modern world. Smoke billows from construction sites across the country and a giant bronze-and-gold Buddha statue that commands the entry to the Thimphu valley now shares space with modern telecom towers. On the streets and even in the countryside, jeans have become as commonplace as the traditional Bhutanese knee-length gho robes for men and the ankle-length kira dresses that women wear. Bhutan's $2.2 billion economy remains predominantly agricultural, but mobile phones and TV sets are everywhere, even in the Phobjikha Valley, a tourist haven about seven hours drive from Thimphu. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton SEARCH "BHUTAN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: BHUTAN-CHANGE/
BHUTAN-CHANGE/
RTX4DVR0
18 Jan. 2018
The Buddha Dordenma statue stands in Thimphu, Bhutan,... more
GLOBAL-METALS/
RTX3Q0BV
12 Dec. 2017
A man takes a nap between life-size gilded Arhan statues... more
GLOBAL-METALS/
RTX3PY87
12 Dec. 2017
Life-size gilded Arhan statues are placed at Ten Thousand... more
GLOBAL-METALS/
RTX3PY81
12 Dec. 2017
Buddha statues covered with gold leaf are placed at... more
GLOBAL-METALS/
RTX3PY7V
12 Dec. 2017
Buddha statues covered with gold leaf are placed at... more
GLOBAL-METALS/
RTX3PY3L
12 Dec. 2017
A life-size gilded Buddha statue is seen at Ten Thousand... more
GLOBAL-METALS/
RTX3PXX1
12 Dec. 2017
A life-size gilded Arhan statue is placed at Ten Thousand... more
GLOBAL-METALS/
RTX3PXV8
12 Dec. 2017
A man takes a nap between life-size gilded Arhan statues... more
POPE-ASIA/MYANMAR
RTX3KBL6
29 Nov. 2017
Pope Francis walks towards a statue of Buddha during... more
CALIFORNIA-FIRE/
RTS1GELU
14 Oct. 2017
Richmond firefighter Josh Tate places a heart-shaped... more
GERMANY-ODDLY/
RTX3EBI5
1 Sep. 2017
A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle... more
GERMANY-ODDLY/
RTX3EBHJ
1 Sep. 2017
A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle... more
GLOBAL-RELIGION/
RTS1CTFP
22 Aug. 2017
A Buddhist monk holds a riel banknote with the image... more
GLOBAL-RELIGION/
RTS1CTFL
22 Aug. 2017
A Buddhist monk holds a riel banknote with the image... more
NEPAL-RELIGION/
RTS1AZRW
9 Aug. 2017
A masked devotee is sprayed with mist as he takes part... more
NEPAL-RELIGION/
RTS1AZKY
9 Aug. 2017
A woman holds offering while commemorating the Neku... more
NEPAL-RELIGION/
RTS1AZKL
9 Aug. 2017
A child looks towards the parade commemorating the... more
NEPAL-RELIGION/
RTS1AZKG
9 Aug. 2017
People observe the parade commemorating the Neku Jatra-Mataya... more
NEPAL-RELIGION/
RTS1AZK3
9 Aug. 2017
A devotee offers prayer while commemorating the Neku... more
NEPAL-RELIGION/
RTS1AZJN
9 Aug. 2017
A masked devotee is sprayed with mist as he takes part... more
NEPAL-RELIGION/
RTS1AZJ5
9 Aug. 2017
Devotees play flute during a parade commemorating the... more
NEPAL-RELIGION/
RTS1AYTI
9 Aug. 2017
Devotees offer prayer while commemorating the Neku... more
NEPAL-RELIGION/
RTS1AYTG
9 Aug. 2017
A devotee holding candle walks along the alley as she... more
NEPAL-RELIGION/
RTS1AYTE
9 Aug. 2017
Devotees in traditional attire holding candles take... more
NEPAL-RELIGION/
RTS1AYTB
9 Aug. 2017
Devotees in traditional attire pose for picture as... more
RELIGION-MAKHA BUCHA/
RTX361AX
16 May. 2017
A woman prays while touching the fingers of a Buddha... more
Spotlight
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Buddha's birthday
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RELIGION-VESAK/SRI LANKA
RTS161H4
10 May. 2017
A boy hangs Vesak buckets on a tree, at a house, during... more
RELIGION-VESAK/THAILAND
RTS160SO
10 May. 2017
Buddhists carry candles while encircling a large Buddha... more
RELIGION-VESAK/THAILAND
RTS160HI
10 May. 2017
Novice nuns and buddhists carry candles as they pray... more
RELIGION-VESAK/THAILAND
RTS160HE
10 May. 2017
A man carries his dog as he prays during Vesak Day,... more
RELIGION-VESAK/THAILAND
RTS160HB
10 May. 2017
Buddhists carry candles as they pray during Vesak Day,... more
RELIGION-VESAK/THAILAND
RTS160H7
10 May. 2017
Buddhists carry candles as they pray during Vesak Day,... more
RELIGION-VESAK/THAILAND
RTS160H0
10 May. 2017
Buddhists carry candles as they pray during Vesak Day,... more
RELIGION-VESAK/THAILAND
RTS160GI
10 May. 2017
Buddhists carry candles as they pray during Vesak Day,... more
RELIGION-VESAK/THAILAND
RTS160GF
10 May. 2017
Buddhists carry candles as they pray during Vesak Day,... more
RELIGION-VESAK/THAILAND
RTS160GD
10 May. 2017
Buddhists carry candles as they pray during Vesak Day,... more
RELIGION-VESAK/THAILAND
RTS160GA
10 May. 2017
Buddhist monks carry candles as they pray during Vesak... more
RELIGION-VESAK/THAILAND
RTS160G7
10 May. 2017
Buddhists carry candles as they pray during Vesak Day,... more
RELIGION-VESAK/THAILAND
RTS160G5
10 May. 2017
Buddhists carry candles as they pray during Vesak Day,... more
RELIGION-VESAK/THAILAND
RTS1609C
10 May. 2017
Buddhists carry candles while encircling a large Buddha... more
RELIGION-VESAK/THAILAND
RTS1609B
10 May. 2017
Buddhists carry candles while encircling a large Buddha... more
RELIGION-VESAK/THAILAND
RTS16099
10 May. 2017
Buddhists carry candles while encircling a large Buddha... more
RELIGION-VESAK/THAILAND
RTS1608K
10 May. 2017
Buddhists carry candles while encircling a large Buddha... more
RELIGION-VESAK/INDIA
RTS15Z4K
10 May. 2017
Devotees offer prayers next to oil lamps at a Buddhist... more
RELIGION-VESAK/INDIA
RTS15YXC
10 May. 2017
Buddhist monks light candles and incense sticks as... more
RELIGION-VESAK/INDIA
RTS15YX3
10 May. 2017
People light candles in front of a statue of Lord Buddha... more
RELIGION-VESAK/INDIA
RTS15YV0
10 May. 2017
Hindu devotees take a holy dip in the Ganges river... more
RELIGION-VESAK/INDIA
RTS15YUX
10 May. 2017
A girl offers prayers inside a Buddhist temple on the... more
THAILAND-DRUGS/TEMPLE
RTS15YTM
10 May. 2017
Jeremy, a Buddhist monk from Australia, inspects a... more
RELIGION-VESAK/SRI LANKA
RTS15XQR
10 May. 2017
A devotee prays in front of a Buddha statue during... more
RELIGION-VESAK/SRI LANKA
RTS15XQM
10 May. 2017
A devotee prays in front of a Buddha statue during... more
RELIGION-VESAK/NEPAL
RTS15XFC
10 May. 2017
A devotee offers prayer on the idol of Buddha during... more
RELIGION-VESAK/NEPAL
RTS15XFB
10 May. 2017
A hand of a devotee is pictured as she offers butter... more
RELIGION-VESAK/NEPAL
RTS15XFA
10 May. 2017
A devotee (unseen) sprinkles rice grains as part of... more
RELIGION-VESAK/NEPAL
RTS15XF9
10 May. 2017
Devotees gather near the idol of Buddha during the... more
RELIGION-VESAK/NEPAL
RTS15XF7
10 May. 2017
A monkey sits on an idol of Buddha during celebrations... more
RELIGION-VESAK/NEPAL
RTS15XEH
10 May. 2017
A devotee offers butter lamps during the birth anniversary... more
RELIGION-VESAK/NEPAL
RTS15XEC
10 May. 2017
A devotee returns after offering prayers on the giant... more
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