For a poor country Myanmar has gold and more gold. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a country before where entire buildings are gold plated on the inside! This is the Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay, where one walks through gilded halls…
Soft pink neon glows above the entrance to the Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay.
The walls are all covered in gold causing the rooms to glow.
The golden rooms lead to the golden Buddha. Monk praying to the golden Buddha.
Two men applying gold leaf to the Buddha, who has so much gold applied to him he is lumpy with gold.
Women are not allowed to get close enough to the Buddha to apply gold leaf; this is a privilege restricted to men only.
Because of the restrictions on women only Al was allowed to get a close-up shot of the Buddha.
For more on this challenge: http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/04/25/glow/