16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Buddhas of Bagan
This was taken inside the largest pagoda in Bagan - Dhamma Yan Gyi. The image of this Buddha is said to be a portrait of the Bamar king who built Dhamma Yan Gyi. The king is known for being ruthless - murdering his family and using slave labor to build the pagoda. The nuance of the violence and the beauty side by side really moved me.
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||July 17, 2018, 8:47 a.m.