This is the view of the Koe Thaung Temple in Mrauk U that I like most. After my last post you can imagine it better.
The Koe-Thaung is square in plan, measuring about seventy-seven meters on each side. The outer body of the shrine comprised five receding terraces each ornamented with to 108 small pagodas, its central image was approached via a two-tiered stairway on the east side. The first tier reaches a wide open platform from which two ambulatory passages, similar in concept to those of the Shitthaung and Htukkant-Thein, can be entered. These passages were originally vaulted, and enough remains to allow us to observe the technique. These passage ways are connected with further passages in the middle of the north, west and south sides. The second tier of the entrance stair-way leads to an upper platform having at its centre a large stone Buddha image seated on an ornate throne. Behind this image is an octagonal brick stupa which would have contained the holy relics enshrined when the pagoda was built.
The sculptures on the wall of the passageways depict nothing but identical seated Buddhas, in relief or in the round. All are seated cross legged, right over left, with the right hand touching the ground in the attitude called bhumisparsa mudra, which represents Buddha calling the earth to the witness his victory over the temptations of the demon Mara, the personification of the world desire. Their placement has been determined by Arakanese numerology. Whether large, small or in relief, their grouping are all connected with the number nine in this shrine of 90,000 images. For instance, in the excavated southeast section of the outer passage there are nine life sized Buddhas, each sitting on waisted throne divided into three sections horizontally and three sections vertically, nine in all. Behind each of the images is a stepped niche where smaller images, also in round, are found. No doubt these too were originally placed in groups associated with the number nine in between each of these are panels of bas-relief. According to Arakanese numerological practice at the time, forty five can have the value of five plus four; nine.
Such places as Shwedagon, Bagan or Mrauk U deserve to be on the UNESCO heritage list but they aren't. It has something to do with the quality (bad) of restauration works.
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sroy63 (250) 2012-01-23 2:01
Wow what a place. Nicely taken this picture.
Fis2 (85515) 2012-01-23 2:09
Niesamowita jest ta budowla.
Dobry kadr i perspektywa.
Znowu Cie niesie... ;)
Budapestman (82620) 2012-01-23 2:17
a spectacular photo of this beautiful architecture I like the composition and the attractive colours, superb lights and the POV is excellent, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
Thank you for your kind words to my 1500th post!
snunney (83769) 2012-01-23 3:45
This perspective works very well indeed, making for an excellent angle of view on the rows of Buddhas and providing for some lovely framing from the foliage. The image is very nicely lit and benefits from superb detail. Useful and informative accompanying note.
ikeharel (57210) 2012-01-23 5:14
A closer look on the multi-Budha statues, show it's mighty dimenssions, Malgo.
Art-work most impressive, and fine details collected.
Sergiom (60070) 2012-01-23 5:58
WOW, ce temple est très impressionnant. Le point de vue le met bien en valeur et la légère contre plongée lui donne beaucoup d'ampleur.La lumière est magnifique.
josepmarin (57791) 2012-01-23 9:58
this temple with 90000 Buddha images is a marvel, indeed.
Its big dimensions, and the graphical effect of so many sculptures, add a great visual power at your composition.
I believe that the visual angle that you chose gives a good result, and the incorporation of the green branches creates a nice chromatic contrast, in an illuminated-well image.
A beautiful work.
tyro (20454) 2012-01-23 12:09
What a fascinating note you have written here!
A lovely photograph too, giving us a closer view of this temple - perhaps tomorrow we shall see inside it?
Your viewpoint has given some idea of the huge size and scale of this place. Lots of interesting detail and excellent lighting and colours.
PaulVDV (22129) 2012-01-23 14:41
You've chosen an excellent POV to show this temple emerging from the green landscape.
It is absolutely a masterpiece. Specially the five terraces with the many pagodas look very impressive.
I didn't know that the quality of restoration was important to be included on the World Heritage List. I thought that the importance of the cultural or the natural heritage was sufficient.
Best regards, Paul
jjcordier (76350) 2012-01-23 22:18
Le nombre de minipagodes est incroyable. Très étonnant.
danyy (0) 2012-01-24 0:12
des couleurs très vives et variés pour cette scène du pays des temples. j'aime beaucoup le cadrage avec cette branche sur le dessus, qui ajoute un peu de relief à la scène.
bayno (18342) 2012-01-24 1:30
amazing temple, I have also seen your previous post, all these stupas are awesome, excellent POV and framing with the trees that surround the temple, powerful light and well-managed,
dkmurphys (49292) 2012-01-24 1:54
A close-up of the impressive monument. I wonder how it took to realise this. Well catch, very attractive postcard.
Take care, Daniel.
gildasjan (41582) 2012-01-24 4:25
Un angle de prise de vue qui donne un bon rendu du volume de ce temple.Beau rendu naturel et contrasté pour cette image.Les branchages à gauche au premier plan habillent bien cette partie plus claire du ciel.
cornejo (31514) 2012-01-24 10:38
Hello Malgorzata, it certainly is a nice view with a good perspective, nice shot well composed and performed with clarity and depth, lovely job very well done. Congratulations friend of mine. Good afternoon and happy week. Tfs.
mauro61 (52623) 2012-01-24 11:49
molto particolare la struttura di questo tempio che hai colto con una buona angolazione.
Bello il verde a racchiudere l'immagine,
- Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) (78918)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-12-01
- Categories: Castles, Architecture, Artwork, Ruins
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-01-23 1:48