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Myanmar-2014

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Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar (Burma)
The Botanical Garden was one of my highlights during my month in Myanmar. And I almost didn't go to Pyinoolwin 2 hours from Mandalay. I had never heard of it and had not read anything about it but this is oftentimes the best way to discover a new...
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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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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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No 417, Corner of 63rd & 22nd Street, Aung Myay Tha Zan Township, Mandalay 952, Myanmar (Burma)
This monastery was built by King Mindon in the 19th century. It is known for its teak carvings of Buddhist myths, which adorn its walls and roofs and is the single remaining major structure of the original wooden Royal Palace today.
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Young girl and mother at a festival inside Mahamuni Buddha Temple in Mandalay, Myanmar.
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Tada-U, Myanmar (Burma)
I love coffee, plain and simple. The warmth, the taste, the ritual. The day just doesn't start off right without a morning Cup of Joe. In San Francisco (and, just about every other US or European city), cafes are ubiquitous. But, in my current...
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Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
Traditional Burmese puppets for sale in a woodcarving shop in Mandalay, Myanmar. This shop is located in the Kyauksittan quarter of Mandalay, which is known for its many stone-carving workshops. The Burmese make some of the finest handicrafts in...
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Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
The temple near Amarapura has pure white color with pure white atmosphere.
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Kamaryut, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
There are many characters in Yangon, but none more fabulous than the Fabulous Mr. Kyi who has the most remarkable store, jammed pack with antiques, almost antiques, folk art, real art and curious. It's tucked down a side street off of Than Lwin...
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Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma)
Hpa'an is famous for its stand-alone limestone mountains with caves full of Buddhas but to see them you'll need to rent a tuk tuk and probably find a local guide to help explain them to you. The infrastructure is still mostly geared towards the...
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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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Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
The ancient history preserved in the architecture of Bagan provides a unique insight into some of the country's modern political struggles. Throughout Burmese history, religion and rulers have been inextricably linked. The temples of Bagan were...
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Bagan is chock full of Buddhist temples from the 10th and 11th centuries. It's best to view temples in the early morning or at sunset when the temperatures are low and the light is optimal for photography. Be sure to visit temples that are big,...
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Myanmar (Burma)
Until teleportation is invented, and if I have the luxury of time, I will always opt for taking a train journey over flying. Don’t get me wrong, I still feel the excitement that a trip to the airport brings – a mixture of anxiety and eagerness,...
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When it comes to ice cream, there is still only one place in Rome. It has been the best since 1900. I love Giolitti not only for the great gelato, but also because it hasn’t changed since I was a little girl. 39/06-699-1243. By Pepi Marchetti...