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Taj Mahal
Mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife, Empress Mumtaz Mahal, completed in 1643. The Taj Mahal tomb, a domed, two-story octagonal building of white, Makrana marble, embellished with pietra dura (inlay with precious and semi-precious stones); sculpted marble panels with floral motifs symbolizing paradise theme; inlaid calligraphy and inscribed Koranic passages, stands in a formal Mughal garden (bageecha) with fountains, lotus pool, mosques (masjid), and four 40-meter minarets.

Tashilunpo Monastery
Monastery near Shigatse, Tibet. Gendun Drup founded the Tashilunpo Monastery in 1447. Tashilunpo became the official seat of the Panchen Lama. The 300,000-square-meter monastery is well known for its statue of the Maitreya Buddha.

Thanaka bark
Bark from the thanaka tree that grows in the central region of Myanmar. Thanaka bark is a natural sunscreen and skin conditioner that women and children apply to their faces. Traditionally, women ground thanaka bark using flat round stones. When applied as a cosmetic, thanaka bark has a pale yellow color, a fragrant aroma, and absorbs perspiration.

Thien Mu Pagoda
(Lihn Mu Pagoda) Buddhist religious monument overlooking the Perfume River, Hue, Vietnam. Founded in 1601, Thien Mu Pagoda’s octagonal 21-meter-high tower (Phyoc Duyen) built in 1844; the Dai Hong Chung bronze bell cast in 1710; and a stele from 1715 are among its artifacts. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Thien Mu Pagoda was the site of anti-government religious and political demonstrations.

Pagdi or headdress of oriental origin, consisting of a long scarf up to 45 meters, wound around the head. Turbans are of various shapes, colors, and sizes and in Rajasthan, the turban’s size may indicate the social status of the wearer. A rumal is a head wrap made of long cloth. Bandhani turbans are tie-died and are typically seen in Rajasthan.

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