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Major sights in Burma / Myanmar
On a photo trip through Burma (Myanmar) with National Geographic I have fallen in touch with the state. These are my favourite pages, both to be visited and to take pictures: As you are likely to be flying to Yangon, the Shwedagon Pagoda is definitely a worthwhile stop before you move to other parts of the world.
Once part of the Royal Palace, this convent has the ideal blend of sculptured timber, stunning architectural design and colourful friars - some with ipad. This was my favourite podium we went to with a hundred carpets. Obviously a monk-free couples is not very interesting, so it's definitely a good idea to wait for a pair.
That was my favourite cloister in Burma. There were of course the impossible photo labyrinths, but there were also prayers here, where several hundred friars sang and almost sang. Other places in the small city, among them the second biggest clock in the word and the very large Hsinbyume Pagoda, but I did enjoy taking pictures of the Mingun Pagoda, which has been destroyed by the quake and never made.
Unfinished Mingun Pagoda. It is the longest wooden deck in the worid, extending over one kilometre across Taungthaman Sea. At sundown, take a small ferry on the shore of the sea. This will be my first target when I get back to Burma. U Bien Bridges at sundown from our own boats.
I wanted to go to Burma in the first place. I had seen photographs of the hundred Temple's protruding from the fog for years. In the daytime we spend our days between the shrines and climbing up to the peaks to observe the sunsets and sunrises.
It would be easy for me to stay a fortnight in Bagan, cycle and explore the temple. All around Mount Popa is wonderful, but the main attraction was Taungkalat (Taung Kalat), a volcano cone with a convent (of course) at the top. We' ve risen the 777 stairs and although the convent is not thrilling, the ascent is worth it.
This is Taung Kalat from afar, with the convent at its head. We have been invited by National Geographic to take pictures of Buddhist friars with rocking Buddha in Bagan. When I was young I liked to take pictures of the fishers rowing with their feet, visit the towns around the lakeshore and relax in our lakefront resort in the evening.
An Inle Lake fisher, shot through his net. No wonder I liked this convent - the first place where we saw young friars in our class. Has Burma been child-friendly? It would not have felt good if children under 10 or 12 had climbed the Bagan Temple, but otherwise all our goals were good for children.
Mandalay, Inle Lake and Bagan are a must. However, there are other places I would like to go to, such as Datdawtaung Cave and the Kyaiktiko Pagoda Gold Rocks, were you in Burma?