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Monywa Thanboddhay Pagoda - over 580,000 Buddha pictures
Monywa Thanboddhay Convent is a one-of-a-kind sanctuary in Burma. This is one of the most elaborate Buddhist monasteries in the land with a wide use of bright colours and over 500,000 Buddha-paintings. The building of the present building began in 1939 and was finished in 1952. Throughout the Second World War, tens of thousand persons attempting to escape the conflict were living on the site of the Shrine.
Tazaungmone, the eighth of Burma's eight months of the year, marking the end of the wet seasons and the beginning of November (usually winter), the pagoda feast is celebrated with music, dance, plenty of meals and sellers who sell their goods. TanBoddhay is only a few kilometres away from the huge Buddhas of the Maha Bodhi Ta Htaung cloister.
The 15-hectare site of the temples includes a very artistic pagoda, a large praying room and a number of smaller structures, all of which are richly ornamented. A seven-storey Pyatthat rooftop covers the area. One of the most artistic and colourful monastic houses in the land.
Each centimetre of the texture, both inside and outside, is coated with Buddha-paintings. Each side of its quadratic pedestal, a little over 50 metres long, contains a series of declining patios containing over 800 ornate small outcrops. In the middle is a large gold stupa with a hti-top-panel.
Head tall 40m. Pagoda is open to the public. Throughout the long hallways there are large sitting and upright Buddha pictures on plinths in gold attire. Scattered in the wall and columns are tens of rising lines of recesses containing small Buddha-paintings. This pagoda is said to contain over 580,000 pictures of Buddha.
There are colourful little stupas and 20 large decorative columns around the central tupa. Buddha pictures are housed in several gazebos, among them a large lying Buddha picture in a gild. Beside the pagoda there is a large praying room with many small gold stupas, similar to the pagoda.
All around the room are stuccoes depicting important personalities such as monarchs and Ministers who hold up pieces of sheet matter on which the regulations according to which humans are to be led. The Arlain Nga Sint, a watchhouse with an outer winding stairway, is located near the Shrine. Guests can ascend the lighthouse and admire the view of the church from above.
A number of buildings on the temples are adorned with stucco figurines of humans, animals and hounds, all of which are very vividly coloured. It is located about 15 kilometres southeast of Monywa city. From Monywa take the 71 southbound street. About 10 kilometres further on, turn to your right towards Monywa Polytechnic Institute.
It is a few kilometres away, near the campus. It takes about 30 min. to get a tuke touk from the centre of Monywa. In order to see the temples of Thanboddhay and the huge Buddhas of Maha Bodhi Ta Htaung near by, you' ll be chartering a half a full half days worth of Tok touk tuks, which will be about 10,000 Kie.
It is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.