Mandalay Twilight

The principal temple in Mandalay is, by square footage, mostly a bazaar. It reminded me a bit of Praha, actually, since both cities are known for their marionettes and there are stalls hung with them throughout the complex. Prague has an unquestionably superior electrical grid, of course; their monuments are seldom unlit except by choice. In Mandalay, where the relics are off-limits to women and can only be viewed by cctv, the whole rhythm of the place is interrupted by the intermittent blackouts. Of course, while the gender disparity was uncomfortable, the ladies do tend to fare better during the blackouts, since they have the wide courtyards and moonlight while the men stumble around in the pitch-black reliquary corridors.

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