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Hsinbyume Pagoda - Mandalay, Myanmar

The Hsinbyume Pagoda is a uniquely shaped, white washed pagoda just outside of Mandalay. The Pagoda is topped with a gold spire, that enshrines an image of Buddha. The seven tiers of the pagoda feature niches, that contain small statues of mythological figures.

It is possible to climb to the top of the structure, where you will be treated to a great view of the Irrawaddy river, and nearby Mingun Pagoda. 

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Inle Lake, Mynamar

Wat Phra Kaew - Bangkok, Thailand

Located within the Grand Palace complex, Wat Phra Kaew, more commonly known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. The main hall of the Wat contains the Emerald Buddha, which is made of jade, and clothed in gold. Only 66cm high, the Emerald Buddha first came of interest in 1434. The Buddha’s surface was covered in stucco, with no indication of the jade surface inside. When the temple the Buddha was being housed in was struck by lightening, a Monk noticed part of the stucco had broken off, revealing the jade beneath. 

The temple also features three pagodas, all in different and distinct styles, representing the changing centers of Buddhist influence in Thailand. Phra Si Ratana Chedi, a golden Stupa in Sri Lankan style, is said to house some of the ashes of Buddha. 

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Prayer Flags I by Neil
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Prayer flags at Boudha Stupa, Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Boudhanath Stupa Offering Butter Lamps, Kathmandu
Iphoneography A wrote:
Boudhanath is a stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. Located about 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, the stupa’s massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal.
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Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu
Steven Shewach wrote:
Night at the world’s largest stupa. Pretty spectacular. My favorite are the Buddha eyes. Must be seen during the day (further down in my feed) and at night.
The circular foot path that encircles the stupa was filled with monks, pilgrims, tourists, dogs, and thousands of butter candles aflame.
(via Instagram: stevenshewach)