Phaung Daw U Paya

Myanmar (Burma)

Between the road and rail bridges, west of the city centre, you won’t miss Phaung Daw U Paya, a temple housed in a giant floating barge shaped in the form of a golden karaweik, a mythical bird. It's one of those over-the-top constructions that Myanmar's religious leaders seem to be passionate about!

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