Sehtatgyi Paya

Myanmar (Burma)

Looming high over Pyay is Sehtatgyi Paya, a giant (maybe not the claimed 10 storeys, though) buddha seated in the earth-witness mudra (left hand palm-upright in his lap, right hand touching the ground), which goes eye-to-eye with the Shwesandaw seemingly watching over it.

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