REGISTER
Cherie in San Blas
WheresCherie.COM
3788181 visitors since 07/2002
search the site

Where Cherie has been

Cherie is currently in
the United States

Featured on: Yahoo! Picks
& USA Today

OC Register column

Tampa Tribune Article

Directory

Who's Cherie?

Model

Adventure

Contact Cherie

Parable

Most Popular

Friends & Family

Culture

Scary

Silly

Animals

Sports

Burning Man

Quotes

Sailing

Books

Cool Links

Invite a friend

Post News

Register an account!
Registering for an account is quick, and registered users can send messages to other users, post on message boards rate stories, and are notified of site updates.

login:
password:
poll
Where are you going next?

 Africa86 votes
76.11%
 South America3 votes
2.65%
 Europe3 votes
2.65%
 Eastern Asia5 votes
4.42%
 Carribean9 votes
7.96%
 Safeway5 votes
4.42%
 Australia2 votes
1.77%
total votes: 113
read comments (1)
write comment

Poll archive

 

logged users ::
active for last 5 minutes

Site created by
Raging Network Services
Logo by
Chris Barela

RSS Feed

WheresCherie.COM Quote
"Earth's crammed with heaven." -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

364--Myanmar: Golden Palaces and Dark Caves
@ CherieSpotting     Jul 26 2006 - 10:13 PST
Cherie writes: In the mountains near Mandalay rests a town called Pyin Oo Lwin. A short drive from the city is a cave called Peik Chin Myaung or Maha Nadamu Cave. Pilgrims and local villagers come to the caves to bottle up the healing water and take it home to their elders. The medicinal water is filtered through the holy ground which means it is believed to heal almost any ailment. Inside the cave, there are hundreds of Buddhas that are enshrined by stalactites and stalagmites. Out of respect, visitors remove their shoes before entering the cave. The rushing streams tickle your bare feet as you walk through the cave and admire the Buddhas that are tucked into almost every crack and crevasse.

The last sovereign King of Myanmar, King Mindon, made Mandalay the capital city of his country and built what is now known as Mya Nan San Kyaw Golden Palace. Constructed of teak on brick, much of the palace is covered in a thin skin of gold. Former home to King Thibaw and Chief Queen Supayalatt, the palace was destroyed by fire in WWII. The government finished reconstruction in 1995, and the buildings are now open to the public.

Click on each picture to see it full size.

read comments (0) | write comment| views: 4239    | rated: 0.0    printer-friendly version
 

We became a part of history dressed in traditional clothing at the Mya Nan San Kyaw Golden Palace, near Mandalay, Myanmar.

We became a part of history dressed in traditional clothing at the Mya Nan San Kyaw Golden Palace, near Mandalay, Myanmar.

Jean and Cherie, all dressed up and no masses to dominate.

Jean and Cherie, all dressed up and no masses to dominate.

Jean shows off the historic Burmese shoe fashions.

Jean shows off the historic Burmese shoe fashions.

Commander Cherie armed with a sword. *Photo by Jean.

Commander Cherie armed with a sword. *Photo by Jean.

Don't mess with Aunt Lynda. *Photo by Jean.

Don't mess with Aunt Lynda. *Photo by Jean.

The female prevails! *Photo by Jean.

The female prevails! *Photo by Jean.

Fighting never solves anything. *Photo by Jean.

Fighting never solves anything. *Photo by Jean.

Cherie and Lynda at the Golden Palace. *Photo by Jean.

Cherie and Lynda at the Golden Palace. *Photo by Jean.

It sure seems like a lot of clothes to wear in a tropical climate. *Photo by Jean.

It sure seems like a lot of clothes to wear in a tropical climate. *Photo by Jean.

A sword always makes a perfect gift. *Photo by Jean.

A sword always makes a perfect gift. *Photo by Jean.

Off with your costumed head! *Photo by Jean.

Off with your costumed head! *Photo by Jean.

Perhaps Cherie was a commander in a former life, as she often enjoys ordering people around. *Photo by Jean.

Perhaps Cherie was a commander in a former life, as she often enjoys ordering people around. *Photo by Jean.

Simple green. *Photo by Jean.

Simple green. *Photo by Jean.

Jean fans the king.

Jean fans the king.

The bell-ringer.

The bell-ringer.

Jean listens to the history; Cherie photographs the present.

Jean listens to the history; Cherie photographs the present.

Pure white temples.

Pure white temples.

The Chief Queen of Thibaw.

The Chief Queen of Thibaw.

Our own personal king.

Our own personal king.

Our gang looks pretty good, eh?

Our gang looks pretty good, eh?

Aunt Lynda.

Aunt Lynda.

The courtyard at the Golden Palace.

The courtyard at the Golden Palace.

Can I be someone in a former life who wears a more comfortable hat, please?

Can I be someone in a former life who wears a more comfortable hat, please?

Cherie and Jean.

Cherie and Jean.

Monks rest near a waterfall.

Monks rest near a waterfall.

Are you sure this is the "official bridge"?

Are you sure this is the "official bridge"?

You either need faith or balance.

You either need faith or balance.

Jean braves the journey.

Jean braves the journey.

No fear, no fall.

No fear, no fall.

A waterfall.

A waterfall.

Aunt Lynda.

Aunt Lynda.

Cherie near the water. *Photo by Jean.

Cherie near the water. *Photo by Jean.

Cooling off or washing off.

Cooling off or washing off.

Ever have someone photograph your bath?

Ever have someone photograph your bath?

Cherie at the entrance to Peik Chin Myaung Cave. *Photo by Jean.

Cherie at the entrance to Peik Chin Myaung Cave. *Photo by Jean.

Jean lets the cool water refresh her.

Jean lets the cool water refresh her.

Pilgrims and local villagers come to the caves to bottle up the healing water and take it home to their elders.

Pilgrims and local villagers come to the caves to bottle up the healing water and take it home to their elders.

Aunt Lynda.

Aunt Lynda.

Buddha kicking back in a cave.

Buddha kicking back in a cave.

Jean near the Buddha statues.

Jean near the Buddha statues.

Fake trees inside a real cave.

Fake trees inside a real cave.

The Buddha and the breadfruit.

The Buddha and the breadfruit.

Out of respect for fellow Buddhists, visitors remove their shoes before entering the cave.

Out of respect for fellow Buddhists, visitors remove their shoes before entering the cave.

The rushing streams tickle your bare feet as you walk through the cave and admire the Buddhas that are tucked into almost every crack.

The rushing streams tickle your bare feet as you walk through the cave and admire the Buddhas that are tucked into almost every crack.

Cherie sets up a shot. *Photo by Jean.

Cherie sets up a shot. *Photo by Jean.

This Buddha needs a tan, he's a bit pale. *Photo by Jean.

This Buddha needs a tan, he's a bit pale. *Photo by Jean.

Praise for the elephant. *Photo by Jean.

Praise for the elephant. *Photo by Jean.

Inside the cave, there are hundreds of Buddhas that are enshrined by stalactites and stalagmites.

Inside the cave, there are hundreds of Buddhas that are enshrined by stalactites and stalagmites.

At each bend of the cave there is a new shrine to the Buddha.

At each bend of the cave there is a new shrine to the Buddha.

Cherie in the Peik Chin Myaung or Maha Nadamu Cave.  (Why have two long names for one cave?) *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Cherie in the Peik Chin Myaung or Maha Nadamu Cave. (Why have two long names for one cave?) *Photo by Jean Leitner.

The Buddha. * Photo by Jean Leitner.

The Buddha. * Photo by Jean Leitner.

Peaceful view.

Peaceful view.

Jean and Lynda.

Jean and Lynda.

The dragon.

The dragon.