Mandalay Hill Mosaics

Where the ancient temples went for frescoes and the newest prefer gilt, the interior of the temple on Mandalay Hill is almost completely encrusted with mosaics. In some ways, it reminds me of a mosque, with high archways and columns covered in bright geometric patterns. The arrangement of the arches on the highest point in the valley allows the sun to light a different angle and set off a unique pattern of reflections within the walkways every hour.

It makes a much better timepiece than the bells, which you strike whenever you send out a prayer. Like clapping before a Shinto shrine, these are a sort of celestial doorbell, saying “hey, Buddha. A little help here?”

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