Seik Phoo Mountain is not actually a big mountain. I think it’s more like a hill. Located in the outskirts of Kyaikhto, it’s a youth development center housing around 800-1000 children. We arrived there around noon (or later) after checking in at the motel and having lunch nearby. Our reaction after arriving at the center couldn’t be described exactly in English ‘cuz we felt “arr nar” (အားနာ) which means ‘be restrained by fear of offending’. All of us were dirty and weary from the trip and the children (teenagers to be precise) showed up wearing white and green school uniform. We felt out of place wearing jeans in front of the kids. A lady at the center told us that the children had been waiting since 10 o’clock since we told them that we’ll arrive around that time. Oh! I felt so bad.
We expected a lot of children but only about 30 people showed up. Tin Myat Htet (Pink Gold) got right down to work and started talking to them about environmental protection. Afterward, we posted some vinyl posters which are concerned with protecting the trees, littering and avoiding the use of plastic bags.
Next, we headed to Kin Pun Camp, the base of the mountains which leads to Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, to put up vinyl posters on the trucks and nearby. Since it was around 3 o’clock, it would have been too late to visit the pagoda as we were not going to stay there overnight. Then, we headed back to our motel to shower and rest before having dinner. After dinner, we visited Kyaikpawlaw Image and Mahamuni Image. While waiting for others to arrive, I looked around the paintings at Mahamuni Image and noticed a lot of illogical errors in the paintings which are supposed to depict the previous lives of Buddha. For instance, I noticed electrical bulbs, a wall clock and an iron grille in some of the paintings. I don’t know what is worse, the unnecessary household items or the fact that some of the buildings and walls were built with concrete. Not only that, some of the people were dressed in Bamar style, men with turbans (gaung-baung) and jackets (taik-poun) and women with blouses and cheik longyis. I really wonder the intention of the painter.
credit photos to dawn_1o9