Tuesday, 28 February 2023

Gold looter busted at Mahamuni Buddha Temple

The Mahamuni Buddha Temple is a temple and pilgrimage site in southwest of Mandalay, Myanmar. A man who scraped gold from Mandalay’s ancient bronze Mahamuni Buddha image was arrested in 2017. Security cameras caught him scraping out the gold from the back of the Mahamuni image.
With a short piece of steel pipe hidden up his sleeve, Tun Aung Kyaw mingled with other pilgrims who were applying gold leaves to the 6.5-ton image as offerings. Devotees have regularly applied gold leaves to the image over centuries. Except for the face, the image is covered with layers of gold believed to be about 15 centimeters thick. The trustees of the pagoda said this is the first time gold has ever been removed from the image. The man was charged with theft and defaming Buddhism, a serious offense in Myanmar.