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Temple of Myanmar Burma - Temple of Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay
Today's commentary on Myanmar's magnificent temple is by the marvelous Deah Hester of www.palmtreemusings.com. The photos on this site are owned by Deah Hester and are copyrighted. When we visited Thailand, we agreed to take a fast plane to Myanmar to see a buddy who is helping out in Yangon.
Bangkok air travel is inexpensive, and many nations can get an eVisa, so before we knew it, we arrived in the capitol Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon). Home to tens if not hundred of shrines, Yangon is the most renowned and magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.
Supposedly it was constructed around the sixth and seventeenth centuries, making it the oldest pavilion in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). This place was selected when two Myanmar traders encountered the Buddha in India, received eight of his hair and were asked to anchor it in the place in Burma where other remains were already kept.
It is open from 6am to 10pm every day and is about $5. We took a night coach from Yangon to Bagan to see the flats full of Stupa. At five in the morning we reached the city, and as we put our pockets down at the motel, we saw lines of friars flowing quietly to the outskirts of the city.
Bagan is not very big, so in a few moments we were on the outskirts and at the beginning of the area. When you take the coach or rail, they will stop and everyone will make payment on the way to the city.
There are several places in the city that hire bikes to help you explore the plateaus, or you can just take a few a. m. and sundowns. Ask in the city about a ride in a hotshoe - they charged about $300 per passenger when we were there, but this can change depending on the time of year.
Burma's main city from the ninth to the thirteenth century. In these years more than 10,000 churches were constructed on the plain. Over the following years, several quakes have destroyed or collapsed many of the churches, and now there are about 3800. A number of the sanctuaries are open and can be entered, while others are closed to the public or attended by private persons who may be present when visiting the sanctuary.
A relatively young town, Mandalay was the capitol of Burma when it was under UK domination. There' s a myth that the Great Buddha once came to the area and said that in the 2400s, a great town would be constructed on Mandalay Hill. Later the then-kin of Buddha chose to fulfil Buddha's prophesy, and he constructed the town and a large sanctuary with the "prophesying Buddha" in it.
The Buddha is standing in this sanctuary and points to the mound where Mandalay began (called Byadeippay Buddha). Now there are several dozens of churches in Mandalay and its surroundings. The Mahamuni Buddha Pagoda is one of the largest. It shows the Buddha on a golden foliage on a crown. By 1884 the sanctuary was burnt down and over 200 lbs of solid silver were salvaged (the sculpture and the sanctuary were rebuilt).
The Kuthodawagode, known for its 729 flagstones containing the text of the Tripitaka, the holy Buddhist teaching, was my favourite place in Mandalay. It is often called the biggest picture album in the game. This is not to be missed, as it is the high point of many travellers on their journey to Mandalay.
It' at the foot of the south-eastern staircase to Mandalay Hill, so if you can find it on a road chart, then Kuthodaw, or Tripitaka, is nearby. Admission to Tripitaka was free, although there was a charge to ascend Mandalay Hill and see the sculpture above (you can also take a mototaxi).
Myanmar Temple is not to be missed if you want to see some of the most amazing and singular Buddhist sculptures in the whole wide underworld. Myanmar's inhabitants were kind and in general we found it quite simple to travel the land. When you come to see us, try the tealeaf salad - it's a delicacy!
For more information about the Myanmar Temple of Deah Hester, click here. See also Tanah Lot and the Bali and Borobudur Sanctuaries in Indonesia.