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Botataung Pagoda

Initially constructed over 2,500 years ago, it is hollow on the inside and is believed to house a sacred hair of Buddha, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar), May 5, 2015...
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Initially constructed over 2,500 years ago, it is hollow on the inside and is believed to house a sacred hair of Buddha, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar), May 5, 2015
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iani July 04, 2017
Well captured, incredible monument!
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larrywelch August 02, 2017
Dear Iani: Thanks for your comment, for many years I loved visiting these old Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia, and by now I must have visited hundreds of them. So many are one of a kind, even when they look alike, they are all different. It has been a mighty spirit that created so much beauty. :) :)
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Daisy00 July 08, 2017
Wow...over 2,500 years ago?! Amazing techniques!!
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llowzz August 06, 2017
An amazing image.Hard to imagine the methods of construction used to build such a monument and for it to still be so beautiful so many years on.
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larrywelch August 08, 2017
Dear Brian: The pagodas in Myanmar are made of brick with a hollow interior, the outside is then covered with a layer of plaster and topped with gilding. The hollow interior was used for storage of relics from Buddha--maybe a tooth or hair, which makes the pagoda more valuable in eyes of worshippers. In the olden days, armies and raiders from opposing countries would target pagodas because of treasure inside the pagodas, they would also behead Buddha statues as a sign of disrespect. They are extremely well maintained. One pagoda in Yangon uses ten tons of gold plate to cover the pagoda and it is renewed every ten years. All fairly fascinating! :)

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