In the north west of Myanmar (Burma to you Brits having
a hard time of letting go of the Empire) is the town of
Monywa, a center for agricultural products. Monywa is a
trade center with India and nearby are forests which
produce teak and other hardwoods.
About 2500 years ago an Indian prince named Sidhartha
sat under a bodhi tree in Bodhgaya India, achieved
enlightenment, and became the most recent Buddha. Since
then the bodhi has become an important symbol for
Buddhists and highly esteemed tree that one often sees
decorated with color scarves and other gifts.
A few years ago a monk decided to plant one thousand
bodhi trees and place a Buddha image under each. He
created a Buddha park a few kilometers from Monywa that
is known as Bodhi-tataung or One Thousand Bodhi Trees.
But the collection of Buddha images has long passed one
thousand; perhaps ten thousand would be more accurate.
The images range from statues only a few inches tall and
placed in niches of buildings to almost life-sized, to
enormous. The reclining Buddha in the first picture is
90 meters long and behind it is being constructed a 140
tall standing Buddha.
This is a close-up of the head of the Buddha image that
is seated on several elephants in the upper left of the
first picture. To give some sense of scale, the
eyelashes are made of ½” rebar.