Le-htat-gyi Paya

Myanmar (Burma)

The once-huge Le-htat-gyi Paya resembles a smaller version of Mingun Paya. It has been dangerously fissured by earthquakes, but retains a fair amount of stucco detail (much of it sadly covered by graffiti). You should take off your shoes while exploring these ruins, but beware: the rocks and thorns will play merry hell with your bare feet.

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