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The Kyaik-Tha-lun Pagoda [Moulmein]

The Kyaik-Tha-lun Pagoda [Moulmein]

Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe (ca.1845-1911)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 430/15(10)

Item number: 4301510

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from the Curzon Collection, of the Kyaikthanlan Pagoda at Moulmein (Mawlamyaing), taken by Philip Adolphe Klier in the 1890s. This is a view of the pagoda looking along an approach road. It is the tallest of five temples and monasteries built on a ridge of hills in east Moulmein and was probably the setting for Rudyard Kipling's poem 'The Road to Mandalay', which begins: "By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' lazy at the sea / There's a Burma girl a-settin', and I know she thinks o' me;". The main shrine is a tapering, conical stupa 40 m tall, which stands on a platform reached via flights of steps ascending the hillside. The stupa is surrounded by a cluster of pagodas with tiered roofs or pyat-that, an element of Burmese religious architecture denoting sacred space. Smaller stupa shrines and pyat-that towers are built on the hillside below.

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