Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors Myanmar 3

The final posting of doors from Burma. One from Maha Bodhi Tahtaung:

This is the temple at the site of the tallest Buddha figure in Myanmar – Maha Bodhi Tahtaung. Ladies wait at the door to sell flowers and branches of bushes which can be offered to the Buddha inside the pagoda.

Thanboddhay Paya is a pagoda complex containing over half a million Buddha image. Here are eight images above these blue doors. I particularly like the flowering climber wrapping itself around the columns at the side of the doors.

Thanboddhay Paya again, but no Buddhas in this photo, just guardian tigers. Note the coloured panes of glass in the doors.
Yellow doors at the top of a flight of stairs, at Thanboddhay Paya, near Monywa again.
This is a cave temple, just outside Bagan, called Kyansittha Umin. The door is wood and iron, with plaited strips of metal. I particularly enjoyed the brand of lock used to secure the temple.
The Buddha image in Kyansittha Umin

This temple is way off the beaten track for tourists. As we were on a cycling holiday, this was an easy 16km from our hotel. A monk was reading verses using a PA system which amplified his voice and (for me) detracted from the serenity of the holy site.

The Public Address system was working rather too well.
Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors – Myanmar 2

The Shwezigon Pagoda is situated in Nyaung U, close to Bagan. This 11th Century pagoda is totally gold plated. Except for the red door at the top of the red staircase. It was the centre of “Nat” worship in Bagan prior to the advent of Buddhism.  There are 37 major Nats or guardian spirits. Some represent the forest or mountains, but others are more specific, such as Min Kwawzwa who is a sort of “patron saint” for tramps and alcoholics. 

Check out the “Fake Booze” Johnny Walker Red Label by his foot
The Ananda Pagoda

This pagoda has been recently restored following earthquake damage. It is very beautiful, although its doors aren’t anything special.

In Britain, we have a tradition of the groom carrying the bride over the threshold through the door of the married couple’s home. So I think it is appropriate to add a wedding photograph.

This is the equivalent of a cloister which allows worshippers to walk in the cool to the inner holy area of the Ananda Pagoda. It’s a doorway without doors.

Inside the pagoda there are some huge, tall doors and some huge tall golden statues of the Buddha.

My paternal grandfather was a very practical man who died many years ago. I know what he would have to say about this magnificent monument, this glistening white pagoda: “How the hell did they hang them bloody doors?”