Bagan, Tant Kyi Taung and Salay

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January 25th 2016
Published: March 22nd 2016
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When we got up early this morning, we could see about 15 balloons on the horizon.
Day 13-Monday-January 25- When we arose early this morning, we could see about 15 hot-air balloons in the hazy distant sky. After breakfast we departed the boat to board minivans with 4 to a car and drove up a long dirt road to the town of Tant Kyi Taung, famous for its impressive Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda. This prominent Burmese Buddhist pagoda near the historic city of Bagan was built in 1059 by King Anawratha. The pagoda is believed to house four of Gautama Buddha’s teeth, donated by King Vizaraba of Sri Lanka. The pagoda is 90 feet tall. It is said that this is the location where the royal white elephant bearing the tooth relics rested for the second time. There were beautiful views of the Ayeyarwaddy River and Bagan. Before we drove back to the boat we were entertained by a fascinating elephant dance performance which honors the Burmese tradition of using an elephant to determine a suitable location for a pagoda.

We sailed for Salay, arriving after lunch. At 3:00, we departed the boat for a walking tour of the ancient city of Salay, best known as the birthplace of the famous poet and writer U Ponnya.
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Pulling into shore.
We visited Yoke Sone Kyaung Monastery, built in 1882, it is the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery, famous for its wood carvings and collection of religious artifacts. It is more like a museum today. Then we walked to the Man Pagoda, which contains the largest lacquer Buddha image in Myanmar. We were able to crawl inside a small door in the back and look up into the hollow Buddha image. We also stopped at a house that we were able to tour. Lots of cute and friendly kids that we found were happy to be photographed.

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Cattle grazing near the shore.
Women hauling bricksWomen hauling bricks
Women hauling bricks

Women were taking a stack of bricks on their heads down to a boat at the shore.
Heavy loadHeavy load
Heavy load

They get stacked pretty high and carry them on their heads.
View fromTant Kyi hillView fromTant Kyi hill
View fromTant Kyi hill

From here there is a nice view of Bagan and the Ayeyarwaddy.

A couple of owls at the temple.
Taunt Kyi Taung PagodaTaunt Kyi Taung Pagoda
Taunt Kyi Taung Pagoda

Said to house a sacred Buddha relic.
Under repairUnder repair
Under repair

The wrapping around the pagoda indicates that it is undergoing repairs.
Royal elephantRoyal elephant
Royal elephant

Legend is that a white elephant is responsible for finding the locations of temples.
Buddha image and monkBuddha image and monk
Buddha image and monk

The monk is making an offering.
Tote that bellTote that bell
Tote that bell

These statues carry the big bell.
Doug donatingDoug donating
Doug donating

Doug donates some money to this monk at the pagoda.
Ring those bellsRing those bells
Ring those bells

Doug and Annette ring the bells.
Doug's turnDoug's turn
Doug's turn

Doug rings this one.
Our boatmatesOur boatmates
Our boatmates

Peggy, David & Eleanor smile for us.
The elephant dance bandThe elephant dance band
The elephant dance band

The local musicians.
The elephantThe elephant
The elephant

Two guys will get under this elephant and do a ceremonial dance.
Balancing on a stoolBalancing on a stool
Balancing on a stool

This elephant is very accomplished.
On his front legsOn his front legs
On his front legs

The elephant is balancing on his front legs with the rear legs up in the air.

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