Monday, 20 January 2020

Heading Up Mandalay Hill

Mandalay got its name from its famous hill, known for centuries as a Buddhist pilgrimage location. It's a big lump in the northeastern part of town, looming over the Royal Palace and nearby temples. Various temples, shrines and pagodas can be found along the path to the top of the hill.

Main entrance, flanked by chinthes, lion figures.

The path to enlightenment. You thought it would look like something else? Not today. A pink shrine.

At one of the temple stops, a Shweyattaw Buddha, standing Buddha. So big, only a hint of him through the doorway.

The profane and divine, on proud display. Fair warning.

As you approach the summit, the lovely view starts to reveal itself.

Friday, 17 January 2020

The Mandalay Train Station

Where's the classic colonial style vaulted main train station? Not here. The central rail depot is a station buried beneath a blah 1980s office building. It's a bit of a hardscrabble affair, not dressed up, but everywhere to go.

Looking down at the platforms.

Cargo pulling out of the station and through the gritty yard. Passengers waiting to load up.

Station cafe.

You think you're special? The train car begs to differ. The Ordinary Class on the waiting platform.

Down at the cargo end of the platform, an ad hoc playground.