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Published: June 22nd 2017
The "model" stupa
This 11th C golden stupa became the template for all subsequent Myanmar stupa. The design was modified in the 17th C by the addition of the metal structure on the top - the "umbrella" and the vane, and the orb at the summit.
Geo: 21.1942, 94.8945
This morning was a visit to the prototype stupa, built by the first king of the Bagan Dynasty who ruled from 1043-1077. The design was adjusted in the 17th C by the resurgent Myanmar Empire of those times. Then a visit to the market of Nyaung-U, a nearby town.
We've seen many more tourists in this area; mainly from Europe. You can hire an electric bicycle for 3,000 kyat per day and there are lots of young folk getting around. There are restaurants, hotels and backpacker accommodation, and several signs for MasterCard and Visa. Land (all land?) is owned by the government and 30 +15 year leases are sold.
A short sail this afternoon to Shwe Pyi Thar village for a visit to experience village life. We had bought pencils, books and accoutrements for the school, and I'd bought a couple of big bags of Chuppa Chups for the kids. It went down very well and I felt like the Pied Piper for a while. The kids were very polite and shy and did not jostle for the lollipops.
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