Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin (ဆွမ်းဦးပုညရှင်)
Burmese. Name of
a Buddhist hilltop temple on
one of the 37 hills of Sagaing, near Mandalay, which can be accessed
by entering through the Frog Hill Gate (fig.).
The hall at then main entrance to this pagoda houses a large
seated in the
The complex is built around a gilded
is surrounded by a wide
platform-like balcony, which offers a panoramic aerial view of the
entire area and the Irrawaddy River below.
at the eastern
is depicted in the
pose, and on
it can be noticed that the image's left hand, which is resting in
his lap with the palm upward, actually has six fingers (fig.),
representing the six
i.e. the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind.
There are several
worldwide that have been depicted with six fingers, and Thailand's
Wat Yai Suwannaram
has a Buddha image with six toes for
the same reason.
In this same hall, i.e. one of the many pavilions surrounding the main
a tall bronze statue of a frog, in order to honour the hill's name
which local visitors tend to rub for good
- fig.). Also transliterated Sone
Oo Pone Nya Shin.
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