Last half day in Mandalay, and off to Bagan
Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
172Trip End Nov 15, 2007
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It was a really nice Temple, with a beautiful golden Buddha, which I helped put some gold leafs on (there are constantly people putting more golden leafs on it), but it was so commercial. Both Kang and I have noticed how commercialized Buddhism is here. They have donation boxes eeeverywhere, and there was a huuuge bazhar just outside the main praying area. They sold everyhting Buddhist that you could imagine; even some fake goldfish tanks with rotating images of Buddha and what not. Crazy.
Anyways, then we went by the Shwe Inbin Monastery. It was another beautiful monastery, in a really poor part of town, and the main pagoda was built of beautifully carved Teak wood. We hung out there a bit, and walked around, admiring the beautiful ornamentation, before I headed back to the hotel. Took a shower, checked out, and here I am.
Now we'll head to the airport in about an hour, and fly off (so so cheap) to Bagan. There you have it.