30 Dec 2012
At first glance, the Norman Monastery in Yangon’s Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township
is a sight to behold. Supported by more than a hundred teak pillars and made
almost entirely of the coveted, carefully oil-treated lumber, the 124-year-old
structure sprawls along a plot of land nearly 200 feet (61 meters) long
and 100 feet wide. Its facade is partly embellished with a traditional Myanmar
motif of entwined tendrils, while its tiered roof is decorated with pinnacles
and its gables are adorned with exquisite wooden carvings.