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Myanmar 2013

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Amarapura, Myanmar (Burma)
I visited the U Bein Bridge on a rainy day in Burma (Myanmar), and took a boat ride out even though it was pouring. The bridge is supposedly the longest teak-wood bridge in the world (1.2 km), and you can buy trinkets and jewelry from sellers that...
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Women planting peanuts by hand on the banks of Taungthaman Lake near the U Bein Bridge in Mandalay, Myanmar.
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Kyaukse, Myanmar (Burma)
Located in the ancient city of Inwa, the Bagaya Kyaung Monastery is constructed entirely of teak wood and is a representation of the Wayzayanta Palace, which is the highest level of heaven in Buddhism. Built in 1838 A.D., the entire monastery is...
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27th St, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
Walking through the local markets anywhere in Myanmar is an interesting experience. One morinng our in country tour leader took us for a walk through a vegetable market in Mandalay. The people were happy to let us take their pictures. It is a good...
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
While visiting Burma’s most sacred temple, Shwedagon Pagoda in the center of the capital Yangon we came upon this broom brigade – a line of over twenty women all sweeping away the dust from the marble floor circling the glittering temple.
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Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
It’s hard to comprehend the sheer will that went into building the temples of Bagan over a 200-year period starting in the 11th century. Bagan is the apex of the Myanmar temple aesthetic that values quantity—without forsaking quality—which can...
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Sule Paya, located in Yangon's primary traffic circle makes a stunning centerpiece to downtown.
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Pabedan, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Sunset from the plaza of the Schwedegon Pagoda, Rangoon, Burma.
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Pindale, Myanmar (Burma)
One of the "long-tail" boats that the fishermen use in the shallows of the Irrawaddy River. The red sunsets are caused by the burning of wood for cooking.
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Intha, Myanmar (Burma)
In a country with very rough travel if you’re taking local buses, Inle Lake is a welcome respite. Like much of Myanmar, life in the main lakeside town of Nyaungshwe hasn’t changed much in 100 years. The horse and buggy is still a viable,...
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Take a side trip from the much-traveled Bagan and take a quiet afternoon to dodge the monkeys and relax at the temple atop Mount Popa.
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Pabedan, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
This year marks the 2,600 year anniversary of the Schwedegon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, aka, Rangoon, Burma. The home of 8 hairs of the Buddha, it is the most revered pagoda in Burma. Completely covered in gold leaf and crowned with over 7,000...
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Do yourself a favor and visit Shwedagon Pagoda when it's nearing dusk. The character of the gold (and the huge diamond at the top) changes every minute in the melting sunlight and the temple comes alive with candles at night.
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Nyaung-U, Myanmar (Burma)
I'm sorry I'm not sure which temple this is. There are so many and I wasn't taking notes. Next time, I will! They are all clustered and visible on the flat plains. It's not hard to find them.
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Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
There are several excellent viewing pagodas to climb and watch the bloodred sunsets. It's very quiet and peaceful.
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Pyay Lan (West) Ward, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
In a modern, air-conditioned space that is welcoming to foreigners, Feel serves an astounding variety of traditional Burmese food, from curries and some of Yangon’s best mohinga (the national fish noodle soup) to snake beans served with dried...
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Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
I arrive at Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake’s main development, in the dead of night and immediately book myself into a boat tour of the lake, wondering aloud if the notorious Nayar, a mythical dragon with four legs, still patrols the waters. An old man...
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Amarapura, Myanmar (Burma)
Mandalay. We flew there to see Amarapura, the ancient royal city for one reason: the old teak walkway without nails, which symbolizes the simplicity and Buddhist flavor of life in Myanmar (Burma). In the late afternoon, we strolled across U Bein...
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Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
The secret to having a good time in Bagan has nothing to do with getting there - all that takes is faith in a Burmese pilot and his ancient aircraft, or an unwavering belief that your 13-hour bus ride from Yangon will actually deliver you to the...
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Strand Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
If you're looking for an authentic shopping experience, you can do worse than the Night Market at the Botataung Paya. The Paya, located near the river in Southern Rangoon, is one of the city's grandest sights lit up at night. On the Paya grounds...
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Burma’s most important Buddhist temple is layered with tons of gold and adorned with thousands of precious gems. Relics enshrined within the stupa include eight strands of hair that belonged to Siddhartha Gautama. Dress conservatively and be ready...
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Myanmar (Burma)
Sunset over a few of the thousands of temples dotting the plains of Bagan, Myanmar. I took this with a telephoto (300mm) from the top of Shwe San Daw temple (if memory serves)--absolutely stunning view of the unforgettable Bagan sunset.
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Near Tharabar Gate, Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
All made and painted by hand of bamboo and oil cloth. In sizes from personal to table. They are stunning. Unfortunately, shipping them home is more costly than buying them.