Monday, December 31, 2012

Palaces of Impermanence

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.

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