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Plans for utilizing the Nesjavellir area for geothermal power and water heating began in 1947, when some boreholes were drilled to evaluate the area's potential for power generation. Research continued from 1965 to 1986. In 1987, the construction of the plant began, and the cornerstone was laid in May 1990.
At Wat Prahat Doi Suthep. Often the statues of the Buddha have umbrellas with them as he would have been shaded as he walked or sat....in Thai and Myanmar belief. Many Wats have umbrellas. I found this one of gold quite compelling.