Tachileik Shan State Myanmar – A glimpse of its temples and people
On the last day of 2013, I went on my final journey of the year into Myanmar. I was staying in Chiangrai, Thailand’s most northern province and crossed over the border into Tachileik, a city in the Shan state of Myanmar, for a day trip. Close to the border area, I explored the temples and the replica of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. This pagoda is 1/3 the size of the real one.
Then I got the car to take me further away from the border. I found a temple on top of a mountain. There is a stark contrast between the temple and the houses around the area. Grand like a palace on top of the hill, the temple is known for its Mandalay styled Buddha and its ritual that revolves around finding your destiny with a pile of sand.
From this trip, I was quite inspired by how the women still wore the traditional sarong which I found to be very beautiful. Another interesting note is that we sometime forget that a religious establishment used to be a place of sanctuary. There was a temple that actually looked like people were actually living there and seeking refuge, judging from all the personal belongings piled up inside the temple’s main hall.