pagodas at amarapura & the monks at maha ganayon kyaung

This is the last of my Myanmar posts I’ll be reblogging to Catbird in China! 😊

rice paddies & papayas

Monday, February 16: Today, I hire a driver named Memo for 35,000 kyat, or around $35, for the entire day.  He drives me to Amarapura, known as the “City of Immortality.”  It was the royal capital in Myanmar for less than 70 years, beginning from 1783. In February 1857, King Mindon began building Mandalay as his new capital city, as per a prophecy. With the royal treasury depleted by the Second Anglo-Burmese War of 1852, Mindon dismantled the palace buildings of Amarapura, moving the pieces by elephant to build the new capital in Mandalay.  The city walls were pulled down for use as building material for roads and railways. Memo first takes me to some nameless pagodas in Amarapura.  They surely do have names, known only by the locals.  As they’re not really on the tourist circuit, Memo doesn’t introduce me to the names.  I find them quite beautiful and, happily, deserted

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  1. Your fingertips must be so sore, Kat


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