Employees clean a Buddhist statue in front of the Central World shopping mall in Bangkok
Employees clean a Buddhist statue in front of the Central World shopping mall in Bangkok February 27, 2013. Bangkok, home to over 9 million people, is both one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia and the capital of a country with one of Asia's widest rich-poor disparities. The chaotic and vibrant city is a mishmash of dizzying skyscrapers and colossal shopping malls jammed up against residential apartment buildings and homes. Crowded streets bustle with sidewalk vendors and motorbikes, and 7.5 million registered cars overwhelm roads designed for just 1.4 million. Picture taken February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (THAILAND - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL SOCIETY)
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