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There Are Now Laser Buddhas In Afghanistan

Towering statues of Buddha were destroyed at the site by the Taliban in 2001 and have now been rebuilt using light projections.

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A 3D light projection has been used to shine an image of Buddha onto a cliff in Bamiyan in Afghanistan, where towering sandstone statues of Buddha were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

Once #Buddha destroyed in #Afghanistan, now the city is a cultural city with "light up" Buddha - amazing!

Bamiyan was once a holy site for Buddhists and its two most prominent statues were 55m and 37m high, the tallest in the world, the BBC reported in March.

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An undated file photo shows an Afghan military truck parked under the shadow of a huge Buddha statue in the central province of Bamiyan in Afghanistan.

The 3D Buddha projection involved help from a team in China and has now been inaugurated, a Los Angeles Times correspondent tweeted over the weekend. The exact role of the Chinese government, or Chinese individuals, was not clear.

The 3D projection of the #Buddha, in conjunction w team from #China, officially inaugurated https://t.co/GHgngaFcqs

(While the lights aren't actually scientifically speaking "lasers," the term is commonly used when dealing with holograms and other light projections.)

"#History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again"

Shyamantha Asokan is a foreign news reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Shyamantha Asokan at shyamantha.asokan@buzzfeed.com.

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