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.
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.
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.
In the afternoon, we were taken by van 30 minutes up to Tan Kyi Mountain which has a commanding panoramic view of the Irrawaddy.
Now it’s back to the Irrawaddy Explorer for Happy Hour.