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Just south of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, stands a smaller, but still very impressive stupa called the Maha Wizaya.  When I encountered it, it looked like this, very different from any other I’d seen.  Rather than brick or plaster or stone, it was covered in what looked like hundreds of yellow flaps of leather.  Apparently, this was not the normal appearance, but it was under some kind of upkeep or restoration.

Kind of a shame, it would be nice to see some variation in the generic architecture of stupas.

Benjamin Williams

Hi all, my name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in archaeology and writing, pursuing a career in the latter. However, I never quite lost that fascination for archaeological theory. For the past 11 years, I’ve been living and travelling between Asia, Europe, and North America, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting them into practical archaeological travel information at

What are your thoughts?

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