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Friday
Dec042015

Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda

There is a gorgeous pagoda on top of Sagaing Hill overlooking the Irrawaddy River. From the courtyard, you can see three former imperial capitals – Inwa, Amarapura (see U Bein Bridge), and Mandalay, as well as countless other temples, pagodas, monasteries, and nunneries scattered across the landscape.  I was most intrigued, however, by the main Buddha statue inside the pagoda. The right hand (shown inside the red circle) has six fingers. And this was done on purpose, it is said. And it is the only statue of Buddha in Myanmar so represented, it is said.

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