March 16: Magwe

We’re on a morning excursion into Magwe by trishaw. Weather is predicted to be 101F. Luckily the trishaw is an open air vehicle and we will return to the boat for lunch and afternoon lectures in the air-conditioned Writer’s Lounge.

_N7A0016

Professional Trishaw bikers

_N7A0018

One rides in a sidecar

All of the trishaw bikers were thin and muscular, appearing to have no difficulty negotiating the slightly hilly terrain.

_N7A0024

Aung San, Father of the Nation

Aung San Suu Kyi, called by the Burmese, “The Lady” has given the country a great deal of hope for a democratic government in the coming years. This country, now on the verge of great improvements in infrastructure and commerce, can be compared with Cuba and contrasted with Vietnam which has had decades of growth since the war.

_N7A0033

One of many religious shops

_N7A0036

Myat Than Lun Paya entrance

The entrances to all pagodas are graded by stylized lions. The pagoda platform is reached by a number of steps. At many places along the ascent are vendors selling religious and other objects.

_N7A0038

Selling floral gifts to the Buddha

_N7A0042

Bell ringing sends prayers

_N7A0044

Myat Than Lun Paya Pagoda

We visited this pagoda at around noon. The sun’s reflection by the solid gold plates was nearly blinding in the 100 degree plus heat. Shoes removed as for all religious sites, we were pleasantly surprised that the white marble deck covering was almost cooling to the feet. This pagoda was built in 1929 on a hilltop overlooking a panoramic view of the valley.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s