13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
The Mingun temple is a monumental uncompleted stupa begun by King Bodawpaya in 1790. It was not completed, due to an astrologer claiming that, once the temple was finished, the king would die. The completed stupa would have been the largest in the world at 150 metres (490 ft). Huge cracks are visible on the structure from the earthquake of 23 March 1839.
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