Friday, November 9, 2012

On The Road to Mandalay

Mahamuni Monastery

Cattle on the road

More cattle on the road

Another monastery
Who ever thought I would be on the road to Mandalay? Dorothy Lamour and Bob Hope were and I never even knew where it was exactly. Well, it is in a gorgeous spot!! Centrally located in Myanmar. It is regarded as the cultural capital and many artists and artisans make it their home.

Built along the Ayeyarwady River, Mandalay combines Myanmar's royal history and the preservation of spiritual traditions. The royal heritage is found in the Golden Palace Monastery with its exquisite wood carvings. The spiritual heart is in the Mahamuni Pagoda with the most venerated Buddha with layers and layers of gold leaf. So much that the Buddha statue is distorted by the layers of gold leaf.

Myanmar is a delightful country filled with beautiful scenery, friendly people and an interesting culture untouched by western influences.

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