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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
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.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2016
Date Uploaded: 07.2018
Photo Location: Bagan, Myanmar
Camera: iPhone 5s
Copyright: © Christopher Oo