Kanbawzathadi Golden Palace

Just south of the Shwemawdaw Paya, the “Kanbawzathadi Golden Palace ” was built by King Bayinnaung in 1553 and it was once the ancient former capital in Bago. Restored in 1990, this site has been reconstructed in such a cool way – incorporating the exact layout of the former structure including the ancient teak wood beam pillars – right next to the newly built ones. One of the interesting things about the history of Buddhism is how much looting and pillaging happened in order to hold a sacred relic of the Buddha. There is an amazing reproduction of the thrones with a huge door that is a replica of the Lion’s throne that is in the national museum in Yangon and reproductions of many of the personal items of the kings that are also on display at the national museum. You can read more about the story behind the palace and the efforts to obtain a tooth of the Buddha here. My uncle and star of my documentary feature film The Fabulous Ice Age, Roy Blakey was thrilled to see a replica of the Lion Door – and as it is not allowed to photograph the door in the national museum – the Kanbawzathadi Golden Palace offers the opportunity to be documented with the door!20141126_0569.CR2 20141126_0570.CR2 20141126_0571.CR2 20141126_0572.CR2 20141126_0573.CR2 20141126_0574.CR2 20141126_0577.CR2 20141126_0580.CR2 20141126_0588.CR2 20141126_0589.CR2 20141126_0591.CR2 20141126_0592.CR2

Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.