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Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) – the world’s biggest book?

By on March 26, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma

Next to the Sandamuni Pagoda is the Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines. I personally found all this a bit confusing as I couldn’t work out if the Sandamuni Pagoda is part of the Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines complex, or are they completely separate?

The UNESCO websites states: “The Stone Inscription is a collection of 729 stone slabs on which are inscribed the whole of the Buddhist scriptures whose religious and social significance is important for Asia. It records the Fifth Great Synod convened by King Mindon and which was the significant event of the Buddhist religion and its devotees.”

Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines

Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines

First time I have ‘officially’ seen the no sock policy…. Now I know. I have always taken off my shoes but kept my socks on as I thought it didn’t matter, plus I was hoping to get some protection (albeit limited) for my poor feet.

What not to wear at the Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines

What not to wear at the Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines

The pagoda was spectacular….

Entrance to the Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines

Entrance to the Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines

Shrines containing the tablets….

Shrines containing the tables - Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines

Shrines containing the tables – Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines

There are also some spectacular trees in the compound….

Temple Courtyard

Temple Courtyard

Another stunning pagoda (paya)….

Pagoda Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines

Some of the old trees need a little help…

Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines

There was also a small shop in the enclosure selling statues, souvenirs and gongs. In fact you get followed around asking if you want a gong, and if not whether or not you want a postcard…

Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines

Walkway at the Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines

Walkway at the Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines

There was also a little girl selling Jasmine flowers (Myat Lay) on strings. These are often seen, due to their very pleasant and long lasting smell, hanging from rearview mirrors of cars, and in women hair.

Girl selling  Jasmin flowers at the temple

Girl selling Jasmin flowers at the temple

At the Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines there are also people, like at other shrines, selling flowers for offerings.

Flower seller at the Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines

Flower seller at the Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines

Flower Seller Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines

UNESCO dedication stone at the Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines.

UNESCO dedication stone at the Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines.

World's Biggest Book

World’s Biggest Book

FourSquare: Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines

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