January 11 (part 4): We took a short boat ride up the Irrawady River from Mandalay to Mingun, one of Burma's ancient capitals. Here are some scenes upon arrival.
Ox-cart taxis hoping to take us a couple of blocks. We decided to walk.
The kid is hardly bigger than the wheel of the motorbike.
This girl rang a giant (90 ton) bell with a big mallet. She looked as if she would have gladly rung our bell.
A small part of the Hsinbayume Paya pagoda, intended to emulate Mt. Meru, "an important cosmological symbol to both Buddhists and Hindus."