"Gained merit in battle" reads the epitaph of two of the 231 eminent Shaolin monks honored with shrines in the Pagoda Forest. The number of layers in a shrine reflects a monk's virtue; his bones, and often those of disciples, are buried below. Photographers, National Geographic Photos, Favorite Places, Pagoda Forests, Numbers, Bones, Travel, Shaolin Temples, China
Myanmar - Pagodas. Facts about Myanmar: Area: 676,577 sq km. Basin and delta of the Irrawaddy River ringed by a horseshoe of high mountains that isolates the country from India, China and Thailand. Population: 50,495,672. Capital: Naypyidaw. Official language: Burmese. 116 languages.