they pound until about 2 oz's of gold is stretched to a 3/4inch ribbon 20 feet long! It is then cut into 200 equal pieces…...
Then on to the packaging department! These ladies sit all day in an sealed enclosed space, so that the gold leaf doesn't blow away…..
We found the whole process intriguing……
and of course they were being packaged for sale at the Pagodas….probably for men….ladies not allowed!!
After this we had an interesting trip to Inwa, one of the old capitals..
This involved crossing a river on a ferry
on the other side we found lots of horse and carts waiting their turn to take people to the Monastery..
Bagaya Monastery happy to be able to get out of the horse cart for a while……it was rather a bumpy ride!
which apparently has in total about 600 pagodas and monasteries, both for monks and nuns. The monks are in red and the nuns in pink…otherwise it would be difficult to distinguish one from the other as they all have shaved heads.This is considered the religious centre of Myanmar and has over 3000 monks and 100 meditation centers.