It is certainly one of the most holy places of Myanmar, but it is
also one of the most popular holiday destinations for the Burmese.
Of course it is a pilgrimage to all of them, but the whole atmosphere
also has a strong ring of disneyland to it. I like those places. The
joy and carelessness of the Sunday out. Here literally against the
backdrop of the sacred. Holiday of course is holy day. I almost forgot.
We are amongst our own kind here: we are all tourists.
We have our picture taken and we take pictures. That's another thing
I like about those places. Not only does nobody care about me
taking pictures; no: it is the accepted thing here. More often it
seems the goal of the visit itself.