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Mahamuni Temple, Mandalay

One of the popular stops for Buddhist pilgrims in Myanmar is Mahamuni Temple. The temple is located in an area popular for marble carving and brass work. Both of which are necessary for construction of new temples (brass umbrellas at the top of stupas) and new statues of the Buddha. The temple houses a solid gold statue of the Buddha that pilgrims visit and pray to while putting on a new layer of gold leaf to solidify their prayers. Since it's so hot here in Myanmar, naps during the midday are common, even at temples.

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