A THOUSAND PAGODAS

A thousand pagodas near Taunggyi in Shan State, Myanmar.

The stillness of it all had weight to it. There were no sounds from the outside world, only the chime or two of a bell in between deep, heavy silence.

A green heart for Greenheart Travel within hundreds of pagodas in Shan State, Myanmar.
Shout out to Greenheart Travel from within a thousand pagodas.
I felt alone. Encircled by hundreds of pagodas. I felt lost. Every way looked the same. It was the feeling of being lost, but not lost, of going every direction, but staying in one place.

I felt at peace.

My mind was rushing, as usual. But, for a moment, between taking photos and worrying about keeping the group I was with waiting, I experienced something I’ll never forget. An experience I’ve never had before.

Call it spiritual or serendipity. It was powerful. How I ended up at such a place is beyond me. How I found myself at the end of a long, bumpy dirt road in rural Myanmar, surrounded by a thousand pagodas was meant to be.

Let the journey continue.

UPDATE [December 30, 2013]: Since writing this post, I found more information about these pagodas. They're called the Kakku Stupas, and the actual number of stupas is closer to 2,000.

A window reflection of pagodas outside of Taunggyi in Shan State, Myanmar.
A window reflection of pagodas outside of Taunggyi in Shan State, Myanmar. December, 2013.

A woman selling her goods at a small, rural market in Shan State, Myanmar.
A woman selling her goods at a small market outside the entrance to the pagodas in Shan State, Myanmar.

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