Another day in Mandalay : Tingaza Kyaung & Eindawya Pagoda & Royal Palace (Myanmar, 2015) - RHAWI DANTAS
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TINGAZA KYAUNG


This is a beat up old monastery and is not on the route of the big attractions since it was not swarming with tourists. It is one of those "jewels" that if you are lucky you can find in trips. Although old, the 2 monks living in it keep it on the best way their old age permits.

The interior is actually nicely decorated and many of the Buddha statues that were once new lost much of their shine and detail and together with the lack of light coming in this gives the entire temple an eerie feeling.

The monk inside was very keen in showing us all the details and spent quite a lot of time pointing and digging stuff to show. He tried his best not to leave any corner unturned, it was almost as a private tour guide. :) Small donations are appreciated, maybe he was expecting it maybe not, but it is clear that the temple could use some cash.

He bowed thankfully and proceeded to thank Buddha as well. Interesting experience.

Outside of the temple there were many kids, who were playing very harshly with some ducklings, that were very interested in me and my camera and were asking me to take photos of them. Hard to say no and they seemed super happy to see themselves in the back of the camera. I guess the ducklings got the best out of the deal since for a brief moment they were not that interesting anymore.

MANDALAY HARBOR


Before heading to the Eindawya pagoda we made a small stop on the port where the boat leaves to Bagan, my driver thought that I would be taking the boat and when I said that I was not he made a small stop there so I could see the locals loading and unloading their goods from the boat. Pretty interesting stop and even thought it is not very well kept there is a small market and many people hang around there.

EINDAWYA PAGODA


In front of the Pagoda I found a "snake charmer" and my driver explained that these guys put some sort of "bad smell" in their hands so the snakes are not coming close to him. He went on talking to the locals that by making a small donation they would have luck and health and wealth and hair would grow back and all sorts of miracles would become reality. ;)

The pagoda complex is quite big and houses both the new and old pagodas. It is a far cry from the less fortunate temples I have been visiting lately since this one is very well kept and it even has some recreation of the Golden rock monument.

The main pagoda is the star attraction (the one here in the middle) of this monument but to my tastes the older one in the back of the complex has more character and it is more in line with what tourists would like to see.

ROYAL PALACE


The Royal Palace today is part of the military buildings. Tourists are not allowed to roam around since there is some military housing here making it not possible to know what lies beyond the allowed circle.

To be honest I was not very excited in visiting this place. I had seen it in some TV programs and I thought it was not that interesting but I am glad I went there and was proved wrong.

An assortment of different buildings with different architectures are spread in the area where tourists are allowed to walk. Some look very Myanmar and others have clearly a western influence.

You are required to remove shoes to enter the temple and this makes it a little bit difficult since many parts of the area are actually outside and under the sun it becomes very hot and difficult to walk barefoot (some wooden parts even have some nails sticking out).

The best part of this place was when I went upstairs of the tower, which had some scary badly kept wooden steps. The view of the entire palace is very nice and gives the idea of how big the entire square really is. Up there I met some Pa Oh people with their attires.

And as is customary here in Myanmar people were very keen to talk and spend some time with the foreigners. I took photos of each other and exchanged some stories from the places where we come from. Their guide, also a Pa Oh, suggested us to visit their village in Pindawya and check some of the caves there. Let's see if we meet again.

SCHWENANDAW KYAUNG


Another ancient teak wood monastery with an interesting story. This was the royal apartment of a king and when he died the successor could not cope with the ghost of the previous king that still lived in it and decided to dismantle the whole thing and relocate it outside and donated it to the monks. Years later, exactly because of the relocation the palace survived successive bombings in WWII.

So I guess that ghost is having the last laugh now eh? The place is another master piece of wood carvings. It is so extremely detailed that it is beyond words to describe it.

ATUMASHI KYAUNGDAWGYI


Grandiose entrance to a disappointing interior. I don't have much to say about this place actually. If it would not be so close to the schwenandaw kyaung I would not recommend visiting, but since it is right over there.... Eh, why not?


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