Mingâlaba – The train arrived at the station while the sun was fainting away, Myanmar – Burma, January 16, 2007. (CC Tranuf).
Pagodas and a Buddhist temple are more or less a synonym of Myanmar, “The golden Land” or “The Land of Pagodas.” Britain conquered Burma over a period of 62 years (1824-1886) and incorporated it into its Indian Empire. Burma was administered as a province of India until 1937 when it became a separate, self-governing colony; independence from the Commonwealth was attained in 1948. Gen. NE WIN dominated the government from 1962 to 1988, first as military ruler, then as self-appointed president, and later as political kingpin. Despite multiparty legislative elections in 1990 that resulted in the main opposition party – the National League for Democracy (NLD) – winning a landslide victory, the ruling junta refused to hand over power. NLD leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient AUNG SAN SUU KYI, who was under house arrest from 1989 to 1995 and 2000 to 2002, was imprisoned in May 2003 and is currently under house arrest. In December 2004, the junta announced it was extending her detention for at least an additional year. Her supporters, as well as all those who promote democracy and improved human rights, are routinely harassed or jailed. [39 Pictures]
Early start this morning – off to Samkar…a long way! …and it is really quite cold! January 21, 2010 in Yawnghwe, Shan State, Myanmar – Burm., (CC antwerpenR, Roger Price).
Procession of Buddhist statues close to the Golden Pagoda at Thachilek, Myanmar – Burma, February 8, 2008. (CC caspermoller, Casper Moller).
Around 470 buddhist monks gather and line up daily at this monastery to eat. December 20, 2007 in Bago, Myanmar – Burma,. (CC patrikmloeff,
Patrik M. Loeff).
Two giants! The reclining Buddha is 90 meters long, and the one standing is 115 meters tall. December 30, 2007 in Monywa, Sagaing, Myanmar – Burma. (CC patrikmloeff, Patrik M. Loeff).
U Bein bridge – the longest teak bridge in the world, Myanmar – Burma, January 25, 2010 (CC antwerpenR, Roger Price).
Amarapura is one of the most magnificent place in Myanmar, no mechanisation, no cars, no noise, just people living in harmony with nature. The bridge was built by Mr Bein, King Bodawpaya’s mayor, from teak planks from Inwa when the capital was moved to Amarapura. The bridge has stood for over two centuries so it’s rather rickety and wobbly and there are large gaps between some of the planks. It’s over 1 km long and the traffic is heavy with many children going to and from school, vendors of jade, seed necklaces and water colours, monks, women with loaded head baskets and cyclists, although these are not suposed to ride across. Myanmar – Burma, February 13, 2008 (CC jmhullot, Jean-Marie Hullot).
The colorful handmade parasols made in Pathein are widely known throughout Myanmar. They are known locally as “Pathein Hti”. Phathein, Myanmar – Burma, January 5, 2008 (CC patrikmloeff, Patrik M. Loeff).
The Maha Lawka Marazein Pagoda at the center of the Kuthodaw Pagoda, Mandalay, Myanmar – Burma, January 24, 2010 (CC antwerpenR, Roger Price).
School on the lake…almost makes you want to go to school here! Mandalay, Myanmar – Burma, January 18, 2010 (CC antwerpenR, Roger Price).
Sunset. Amarapura, Myanmar – Burma, January 21, 2007 (CC Tranuf, Tom).
Red wood. Inle lake, Myanmar – Burma, January 19, 2007 (CC Tranuf, Tom).
Over there. Inle lake, Myanmar – Burma, March 1, 2007 (CC Tranuf, Tom).
Sweeping crew, The sweepers are all people who were born on this day of the week – the girls go first….the boys follow! Tamwe, Yangon, Myanmar – Burma, January 17, 2010 (CC antwerpenR, Roger Price).
That-byin-nyu Temple is 61 metres (201 ft) tall, the tallest in Bagan. It was built in the mid-12th century during the reign of King Alaungsithu. BaganMyanmar – Burma, January 20, 2009 (special permission VenerandaDeLuca/J.Markoff).
The Ananda Temple was built in 1105 AD during the reign (1084–1113) of King Kyanzittha of the Pagan Dynasty. The impressive temple has also been titled the “Westminster Abbey of Burma”. Bagan, Myanmar – Burma, January 16, 2007 (special permission VenerandaDeLuca/J.Markoff).
The Popa Taungkalat Shrine is home to 37 Mahagiri Nats, or spirits. Statues depicting the Nats are at the base of the Shrine. As you ascend the 777 steps to the summit, you will be asked to remove your socks and shoes. You will also be greeted by hungry monkeys along the way, so bring something to feed them or keep your belongings close to you, so they don’t run off with your lunch! Pegu Range, Myanmar – Burma, September 7, 2007 (special permission VenerandaDeLuca/J.Markoff).
Many, many Buddhas at U Min Thonze. You need to see this place to believe it! Incredible. Pegu Range, Myanmar – Burma, November 20, 2004 (CC antwerpenR, Roger Price).
Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese opposition politician. She has, however, been detained under house arrest in Myanmar for almost 14 out of the past 20 years. In 1991 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 2009 (Poster photo from Burma Digest).