We were also shown through the Hna-kyeik-shi-su temple decorated with gorgeous gold painted walls, striking mosaic glass tiles, and elaborate teak carvings. Inside, the stunning nine-tiered pyathat or spired building housed an amazing mural of Buddhist stories, and numerous Buddhas of various sizes and styles, some golden, some white, sitting, laying and standing on a tiered platform.
From outside, the Mahamuni shrine looked very plain compared to its brilliant neighbours, with whitish cream rendered walls and plaster embellishments. Over the entrance was a stunning floral design teak carving and more floral carvings decorated the high walls inside. A traditional, large gold Buddha in bhumisparsha or ‘Earth witnessing’ posture sat in the centre of the large dome-roofed hall. More red and gold paintings adorned the ceiling held up by large pillars topped with more painted carvings.
With a cold beer, and side order of French fries, J and I watched the sun set. A group of Americans arrived and quickly had the little restaurant jumping. Requesting cheese and toast, the local women were baffled, and brought them breakfast fare, which they thought was right, only to be told to bring something else. The group become a little impatient and demanding with the wait staff who were doing their best. It was a little embarrassing.