Sunday, 3 May 2009

The Monastery Built on a Volcanic Plug

In central Burma there is a remarkable monastery, Taung Kalat, that sits atop an ancient volcanic plug. Looking like the possible lair of a Bond villain or maybe ET's next port of call should he make a return visit, this amazing piece of architecture has weathered many a storm. However, it may be finally brought down by the neglect of the military Junta that runs this troubled nation.

From the article:
Taung Kalat, located in central Burma, thirty miles or so from the ancient city of Bagan towers above the earth like some sort of giant's sand castle. Atop it there is a Buddhist monastery which rests upon the precipitous volcanic plug. Yes, that's right. A volcanic plug.

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Written by RJ Evans

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