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A Case Of Too Many Monks? (Dec 06)

A Case Of Too Many Monks? (Dec 06)

This is the Hsinbyume or Hyatheindan Pagoda on Mingun Island. It is one of the prettiest pagodas in Burma, and is featured on the cover page of the Lonely Planet travel guidebook on Myanmar sold in Singapore.

The pagoda was built in 1816 by King Bodawpaya's grandson, Bagyidaw, as a memorial to his favourite wife, Princess Hsinbyume. The temple's architecture is founded in Burmese cosmology, according to which the king of the gods lives on the top of the legendary Mount Meru in the centre of the universe, surrounded by seven tiers of mountains. Hence, the Hsinbyume Pagoda has seven concentric terraces with wave-like parapets leading to the central stupa, which is guarded by five kinds of mythical monsters placed in niches around the terraces.

Knowing that we were enthusiastic photographers, our hard-working local guide had arranged for some novice monks to pose for us as subjects in the photographs. But I think it is a case of far too many monks spoiling the picture, when one monk would be sufficient for the purpose.


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Willybol30-Jun-2010 21:35
Yhis is an amzing picture! Love it! BV
thomas29-Mar-2008 07:14
fantastic image, love this place, V
Julie Aucoin27-Oct-2007 09:23
I agree with Sabine about the monks: it's perfect as it is. A great pic, both visually stunning and amusing.
Sabine Stetson18-Jan-2007 17:05
absolutely not too many monks.....wonderful image...
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Petter Hamnes14-Jan-2007 14:52
Striking capture. Too many monks? Perhaps, but beautiful nonetheless. voted
Chan Seng 02-Jan-2007 08:35
ChanSeng

Ya, this is real interesting. I missed this.
sevres babylone01-Jan-2007 02:13
This is a marvelous picture. I think it works well with the multiple monks.
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