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Myanmar Nov/Dec 2010

'This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about' Rudyard Kipling

Rangoon Sunrise, the first thing I saw when I woke up
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Botataung Paya, on the bank of the Yangon River
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Mosque on my way to the river
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Botataung Paya
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1000 year old bronze bell
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Most stupas are solid, Botataung is hollow with passages around the base to where the Buddha's hair is. The inside of the temple was covered in gold. The golden walls, up to about 8', were covered in plexiglass, so you wouldn't touch them
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Baskets of cash where the Buddha's hair was enshrined
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Jade rocks at Bogyoke Zai market. In the next room they were cutting, carving, and polishing little Buddha statues, half the size of your fist, that sold for $500.00. I asked him about the jade, and he showed me this. Probably a half million dollars worth of jade, and this wasn't the only pile
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The old British prison is now the 2000 stall market
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Yangon train station
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Fresh food on the train
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Plumbing
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Local Transportation
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This is in the middle of beautiful golden temples, and 20 story modern high rises. Very surreal
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Yangon Harbor Lightships
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The Circle Train around Yangon, how the locals transport their goods
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Not much room for passengers
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Karaweik Hall, floating mythical birds covered in gold.
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Bamboo scaffolding for the reguilding of Sule Paya
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19th century British Colonial Architecture
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The only modern thing left I could find that still said 'Rangoon' on it.
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Posted by ikombazana 16:44 Archived in Myanmar Tagged myanmar

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