Gold-Plated Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay, Myanmar

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.
Neon Entrance to the Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay The walls are all covered in gold causing the rooms to glow.
the Golden Walls of Gold Buddha at the Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay the Golden Walls at the Lumpy Gold Buddha at the Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay The golden rooms lead to the golden Buddha. the Lumpy Gold Buddha at the Mahamuni Pagoda in MandalayMonk praying to the golden Buddha.
the Lumpy Gold Buddha at the Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay Two men applying gold leaf to the Buddha, who has so much gold applied to him he is lumpy with gold.
the Lumpy Gold Buddha at the Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay Women are not allowed to get close enough to the Buddha to apply gold leaf; this is a privilege restricted to men only.
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.
the Lumpy Gold Buddha at the Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay For more on this challenge: http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/04/25/glow/

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6 responses to “Gold-Plated Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay, Myanmar

    • I think the restriction had to do with the fact that in order to apply the gold one had to touch Buddha’s body, and that went against some principle or another. It was the only place in the country where women were restricted.

      • I love your work.. I may be close to GOD but not religion. I think if there is GOD, it does not want division. Anyways keep up the good work 🙂

    • It’s well worth it, and I would say go fairly soon. It’s still a bit difficult to get around: travel infrastructure is not really there – airlines are not yet able to handle credit card transactions), wifi is extremely iffy, it was more expensive than we expected, cash is king, and there are only about four ATMs in the entire country. On the other hand, the people have a wonderful innocence and spirituality to them, and the country and beaches are unspoiled.

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