Burmese Days Part 3, Mandalay
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For the Temple-bells are callin’, an’ it’s there that I would be —
By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin’ lazy at the sea;
On the road to Mandalay. R Kipling
We did not take “the road to Mandalay” we flew. This time I think it was Asian Wings Airline, another start-up with two planes. Same process as before including the cool little stickers you had to wear in the waiting room.
Mandalay (which avoided the name change fad) is a port city on the Irawaddy River which starts in the Himalaya and runs the length of Burma. Although it is a bustling city, it retains a certain charm, maybe it is the name.
Mandalay has a thriving Jade business. We went to the Jade cutting area of town, which is three big square blocks and busy as a county fair on the 4th of July.
Another Mandalay must see is the largest monastery in town.
In the last few years of extensive travels in Buddhist Asia, we have seen more Buddha statues than it would be possible to count. In Mandalay we saw something that I never expected to see.
Gold leaf is a very big thing in the Buddhist world. It is a common offering to Buddha statues to apply gold leaf to them. Now we got to see how it was made.
OK, that is it for this post, but we are not done with Mandalay yet. Next post we visit Mignon which is a community across the Irawadddy river which has among other things, the world largest brass bell! Stay tuned, share this with a friend, and thanks for reading.
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Posted on August 15, 2012, in Asian Summer and tagged Buddha factory, Burma, carving Buddhas, gold leaf, Himalaya, jade, lade production, Mandalay, Mawlamyine, mignon, monk school, Myanmar, Port, Rudyard Kipling, worlds larget bell, Yangon. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.