Posts Tagged "myanmar"

Celebrating 2 years – Gift inside

»Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Featured

Celebrating 2 years – Gift inside

This blog is now 2 years old. Time flies when you are having fun. Honestly it started as an experience for sharing some of my images more quickly. I’m not a writer at all, but somehow I kept updating my blog. Thanks in no small part to my wife, who is spellchecking each and every one of my posts. Overall it’s a success, I wrote 78 (including this one) posts which is way more than I had even dreamed of. As a thank to you my reader, I would like to give you my favorite image of 2014 in high resolution (3440×1280) for your own computer wallpaper: Among the most popular posts, if you have missed one:   Short Trip Series: Antelope Canyon (Las Vegas to Page, AZ) San Francisco Photo Spot series: The Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco Photo Spot...

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Burma/Myanmar – Bagan monks

»Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Bagan, Burma, Featured, long trip, Myanmar, Portraits

Burma/Myanmar – Bagan monks

Monks are very present in Myanmar, there are between 400,000 and 500,000 professional monks in a country of about 50 million people. Our photo leader (Tuan) had arranged that we could photograph some young monks (called novices) during an entire afternoon.  Monks rise very early for the alms offering and then have their lunch quite early (around 11am). Since we went and photograph the sunrise that morning, we went to visit a monastery right before their lunch. Monks raised at the monastery were, I guessed, between the age of 5 to 12.  Novices were generally pretty happy to have their photo taken. Their lunch is mainly composed of rice and vegetables. When the gong rings, they form a line from the youngest to the oldest. Each brings his bowl in which he gets a...

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Burma/Myanmar – Bagan pagodas and temples (Shwesandaw, Shwezigon and Sulamani)

»Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Bagan, Burma, Featured, long trip, Myanmar

Burma/Myanmar – Bagan pagodas and temples (Shwesandaw, Shwezigon and Sulamani)

After landing in Bagan early in the morning, we went directly to the Shwesandaw pagoda, which offers an impressive view of Bagan and makes you understand why it is so popular. From the upper terrace, you can see hundreds of Buddhist temples and monuments. Bagan was once the capital city of the first Kingdom of Pagan. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2200 temples and pagodas still survived to the present day. To give you an idea, it’s like starting a new temple or monument EVERY week (on average) for 200 years. While in Bagan, we went to the Shwesandaw three times (mid-morning, sunset and...

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Burma/Myanmar – Kyaukhtatgyi, Nga Htat Gyi and Botataung Pagodas

»Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Featured, long trip, Myanmar, Yangoon

Burma/Myanmar – Kyaukhtatgyi,  Nga Htat Gyi and Botataung Pagodas

The three pagodas are not as visited by tourists as the Shwedagon or the Sule pagodas but are absolutely worth a visit. First the Kyaukhtatgyi is home of a 229-foot long reclining Buddha statue. Almost across the street from the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, is the Nga that gyi Pagoda which contains the 5-story high sitting Buddha. The Botataung is near the Yangon river and is 2500 years old. The fist image is the interior of the Botataung pagoda. It’s a maze of walls made of gold plates where people come and pray. It is believed that  the pagoda was erected some 2500 years ago by the Mon tribe. However the pagoda was completely destroyed by a RAF raid in 1943. The pagoda rebuilding process started on the same day that the country gained independence from the...

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Burma/Myanmar – Kandawgyi Lake

»Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Burma, Featured, long trip, Myanmar, Yangoon

Burma/Myanmar – Kandawgyi Lake

Kandawgyi Lake (or Great Royal Lake) is an artificial lake in the center of Yangon. It’s a pleasant place where locals start their day exercising (it opens at 5am and it’s free for all until 7am). I went there twice during my stay in Yangoon. The lake is famous for the replica of the Pyigyimon Royal Barge (Karaweik). The barge is made of concrete and was build in 1972. Karaweik or Karaweik Hall is a palace on the eastern shore of Kandawgyi Lake, and is now a restaurant. The restaurant is a tourist attraction because there is a traditional puppet theater show every night. The entrance of the restaurant is really impressive at night with all the lights, I wish we had come a little earlier to have a blue sky rather than the black sky, but we were...

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