Our next stop on our ebike tour of Bagan was circled on our map as a ‘do-not-miss’ sight.
Built in 1059 by King Manuha, it contains three giant Buddhas, each overwhelming the small cramped space they inhabit. King Manuha was being held captive at the time, a sort of early form of house arrest, and although he had some freedoms his Buddhas have an imprisoned feel, maybe indicating his state of mind at the time.
Giant Buddha no. 1, lying in its coffin-like space.
Giant Buddha no. 2, also cramped in its space.
And giant Buddha no. 3.
For some scale, the fingers on one hand against some asters.
His face is peaceful.
Keeping with the oversized theme, a giant golden begging bowl.
An antique temple topper – one of the few things that wasn’t oversized in this temple.
More about our November 2013 trip to Myanmar.