The Buddha statue was facing this way and that, so I felt like I was being watched no matter where I stood

Many Buddha images sitting in the hall

Shot at Shwedagon Paya, a Buddhist temple in Yangon, Myanmar

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A Buddhist temple called Shwedagon Paya stands on a hill north of the center of Yangon. It is the most prestigious temple in Myanmar. There are many halls surrounding the golden pagoda that towers in the center of the temple, and inside each hall sits a statue of Buddha. The hall I stepped into at this time was no different. There were many Buddha images in the not so spacious hall.

If you look closely, you can see that each Buddha image is different. Some had large faces, some were taller than others. Some have large faces, some are taller, and some have subtly different expressions. I wondered if the differences were due to the difference in the artist, or if it was because Gautama Buddha was not the only model. I'm not sure.

What I can tell you is that with so many Buddha statues facing in different directions, you feel as if someone is watching you no matter where you are in the hall.

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PHOTO DATA

No

9027

Shooting Date

Feb 2010

Posted On

January 28, 2015

Modified On

October 20, 2021

Place

Yangon, Myanmar

Genre

Still Life Photography

Camera

CANON EOS 1V

Lens

EF85MM F1.2L II USM

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