Walking around the precinct of Shwemawdaw Pagoda in Bago, I came to a hall. There were many halls where Buddha statues were stationed around the big pagoda. The worshippers rotated about the golden pagoda and prayed in the halls. Some worshipers were also seen in the hall which I called in. A golden Buddha statue was stationed at the back of the hall and the worshippers sat down in front of it. When I held my camera, one girl noticed me and looked back.
Looking closer, I found a clock hung on the wall above the statue. When I saw it, I became gloomy a little. And I wondered whether any worshippers prayed while having their eye on the clock. I thought the symbol of the industrialization was ill-fitted in the place of the worship. I wanted to feel the abyss of time in the holy place.
The Shwemawdaw Pagoda is a stupa located in Bago, Myanmar. It is often referred to as the Golden God Temple. At 114 metres (374 ft) in height, the Shwemadaw holds the record for the tallest pagoda in the country although the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is usually credited as the tallest pagoda in Myanmar (at 98 metres (322 ft)). Shwemadaw, along with the Shwedagon and Kyaiktiyo, are famous Mon pagodas. The pagoda's annual festival is a 10-day affair that takes place during the Burmese month of Tagu.
August 2, 2019
Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Myanmar
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