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An Instagram Tour of Myanmar

Myanmar
An Instagram Tour of Myanmar
When designer and photographer @troylitten went to Myanmar, his images showed a stunning, colorful side of a country that has only recently opened up to travelers. He took over the @afarmedia Instagram account for a few days to share a side of Myanmar few people have seen, from this ornate gold facade at a Buddhist temple meeting hall in Mawlamyine, to the iconic temple complex of Bagan, to the markets and trains from Yangon to Inle Lake. Click through to see the full design-focused tour of Myanmar.
By Maggie Fuller, AFAR Staff
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    Myanmar
    Myanmar
    Riding the train through Myanmar. 


    Photo by @troylitten
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    Yangon International Airport
    Yangon International Airport
    Even the waiting lounges have us re-writing our interior design goals.


    Photo by @troylitten
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    On the Train from Yangon to Mandalay
    On the Train from Yangon to Mandalay
    This slow, trundling train runs over the old British-built colonial rails and is a wonderful way to experience the country at ground level and hang out with the locals. There’s no air-conditioning, even in the "upper class" carriage, which is almost an advantage because the windows are open for cool breezes, giving passengers unrivaled views of the Myanmar countryside during the 15-hour ride.


    Photo by @troylitten
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    On the Train from Yangon to Mawlamyine
    On the Train from Yangon to Mawlamyine
    The trains of Myanmar are full of roving merchants selling everything from fruit to noodles to drinks, and they do it all with incredible poise.


    Photo by @troylitten
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    Kuan Yin Temple in Mandalay
    Kuan Yin Temple in Mandalay
    Local painters perch on bamboo scaffolding outside the Kuan Yin Temple in Mandalay to work on some exterior refurbishments.


    Photo by @troylitten
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    The Temple Complex of Bagan
    The Temple Complex of Bagan
    Just a few years ago, a mobile phone was a luxury well beyond the reach of most citizens in Myanmar; but recently the government opened up its mobile market and affordable smartphones are now widely available. There have always been lots of monk tourists in Bagan, but Troy thinks it's amazing that they all now have mobile phones and and take tons of photos.


    Photo by @troylitten
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    The Reclining Buddha, Inle Lake
    The Reclining Buddha, Inle Lake
    It takes a lot of little helpers to recline a Buddha.


    Photo by @troylitten
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    Bagan At Sunrise
    Bagan At Sunrise
    It's a popular tourist activity to watch sunrises and sunsets from atop the temples of Bagan, and it's easy to see why. The view is spectacular.


    Photo by @troylitten
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    Shoes at the Base of a Temple at Bagan
    Shoes at the Base of a Temple at Bagan
    Anyone who has visited a temple in Southeast Asia knows that removing shoes and socks before entering temples and pagodas (like those in Bagan) keeps floors clean and feet dirty.


    Photo by @troylitten
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    Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan
    Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan
    A Buddhist nun in early morning prayer. Buddhist nuns shave their heads, wear pink robes, and spend their time in service to the community, collecting alms, teaching, studying, and meditating.


    Photo by @troylitten
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    The Temple Complex of Bagan
    The Temple Complex of Bagan
    The iconic temples are always a draw, but some of the most beautiful moments can be found in the lesser-visited Buddhist temples of Bagan.


    Photo by @troylitten
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    Nyaungshwe, Inle Lake
    Nyaungshwe, Inle Lake
    Gotta love that spicy color at the local markets.


    Photo by @troylitten
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    Urban Architecture in Myanmar
    Urban Architecture in Myanmar
    Those soft colors of the urban architecture in the busy cities of Myanmar are just beautiful.


    Photo by @troylitten
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    The Streets of Yangoon
    The Streets of Yangoon
    Take a peek into a local barber shop along the streets of Yangon.


    Photo by @troylitten
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    Bogyoke Aung San Market
    Bogyoke Aung San Market
    Even in the bustle of the Bogyoke Aung San Market, there are moments of stillness, like this girl working her booth.


    Photo by @troylitten
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    Nighttime in Yangoon
    Nighttime in Yangoon
    Caught strolling through the streets of Yangon on a Sunday night.


    Photo by @troylitten
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    On the Bus Through Mandalay
    On the Bus Through Mandalay
    The ladies in this bus are adorned with thanakha, a paste made from ground bark, with a scent similar to sandalwood, which the women of Myanmar place on their faces and sometimes arms for its decorative, soothing, and sunblocking qualities.

    Be sure to check out his Instagram page for more of his beautiful adventures. #traveldeeper


    Photo by @troylitten