March 17: Salay

It is forecasted to be only 99F today as we walk through Salay, a village of about 30,000, founded in the 13th Century.

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Salay Social Aid Assoc.

We visited Mann Paya Pagoda which contains a lacquerware Buddha having virtually no neck and other attributes suggesting a very early Buddha form. This statue was hollow and could be viewed inside from the back.

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Man Paya Buddha

The following are views of a monastery in teak designed as a copy of the Crown Prince House of Mandalay. Note that inside and out the wood has a trace of yellow, gold leaf that has been worn away.

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Yoke SounKyaung Taw Gyi Monastery

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Yoke SounKyaung Taw Gyi Monastery

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Yoke SounKyaung Taw Gyi Monastery

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Yoke SounKyaung Taw Gyi Monastery

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Yoke SounKyaung Taw Gyi Monastery

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Yoke SounKyaung Taw Gyi Monastery

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Yoke SounKyaung Taw Gyi Monastery

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Yoke SounKyaung Taw Gyi Monastery

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Yoke SounKyaung Taw Gyi Monastery

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Yoke SounKyaung Taw Gyi Monastery

In the afternoon, we were taken by van 30 minutes up to Tan Kyi Mountain which has a commanding panoramic view of the Irrawaddy.

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Tan Kyi Temple from the boat

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Vans await our arrival to take us up the mountain.

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View of the Irrawaddy from the temple.

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Wooden Bells to call for prayer. The chrysanthemum shaped icon reminds the faithful of virtues Buddhists must attain.

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The temple is under renovation.

Now it’s back to the Irrawaddy Explorer for Happy Hour.

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