How the Locals Move Their Goods
Where to Now?
How the Locals Move Their Goods
'This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about' Rudyard Kipling
23.11.2010 - 16.12.2010
Rangoon Sunrise, the first thing I saw when I woke up
Botataung Paya, on the bank of the Yangon River
Mosque on my way to the river
1000 year old bronze bell
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
Baskets of cash where the Buddha's hair was enshrined
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
The old British prison is now the 2000 stall market
Yangon train station
Fresh food on the train
This is in the middle of beautiful golden temples, and 20 story modern high rises. Very surreal
Yangon Harbor Lightships
The Circle Train around Yangon, how the locals transport their goods
Not much room for passengers
Karaweik Hall, floating mythical birds covered in gold.
Bamboo scaffolding for the reguilding of Sule Paya
19th century British Colonial Architecture
The only modern thing left I could find that still said 'Rangoon' on it.
2000 years old, 326' tall, over 7000 diamonds and rubies, topped with a 76 carat diamond, and covered in 60 tons of gold.
My friend Marilyn from South Africa
The story of the Buddha's life
The 23 ton Maha Ghanda Bell. The British tried to ship the bell to London but dropped it in the river. After weeks of trying to raise it, they finally gave up, and told the Burmese if they could raise it they could have it back. The locals raised it using bamboo
As the sun set the colors were incredible!
Something I will always remember, watching the sun set on Shwedagon Paya
Waitin' for my train for the 14 hour overnight ride to Mandalay
Dining Car, don't have the chicken and rice.....
The soccer hooligans(kids) were everywhere
Royal Palace wall and moat
Rice For Sale
Entrance to Mandalay Hill
The Temple at the top of Mandalay Hill
Someone To Watch Over Me
729 stupas, each containing a tablet. Considered the World's Largest Book. Basically the Buddhist bible.
One of the tablets
The longest, and oldest working teak bridge in the world. 1200 meters end to end
Traffic on the bridge
View from half way across
Beautiful, peaceful, and serene
When water levels are down, the restaurants pop up
The surrounding landscape was amazing
Local schoolgirls on their way home, checking out the fishing
500 Temples and Monasteries, 5,000 Monks and Nuns.
The Mahamuni Image. One of only five images of the Buddha cast during his lifetime. Around 546 BC. Solid bronze, 13 foot high, 6.5 tons, covered in 2000 years of gold leaf, 6 inches thick.
Applying gold leaf to the entire temple
He didn't look happy
Wish I could do that!
The local hospital
Sagaing Hill was incredible
Beautful tile work was everywhere
Something you don't see every day
Even the water supply for the many monasteries was ornate
View from the top
The Golden Land
From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. 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 4000 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.
The pile of busted marble statues
Not sure....Was in the most remote place down near the river
Local kids followed me around for hours, and took me places I would have never found on my own.
The view from my balcony
In the heat of the day, this was heaven
Once I realized the enormity of Bagan, there was only one thing left to do...Rent a mountain bike! $1.50 a day
Inside almost every temple were 1000 year old murals and Buddha images
Even the gates were beautiful
4000 temples in a valley the size of Monterey Bay
Most were more than a thousand years old
On top of Shwesandaw Paya, looking towards Dhammayangyi Paya
Time for re-gilding
Miles of trails, thousands of temples, and no one there but me
Along a bend in the Ayerwaddy River
I told them I was checking out, I came back to this
On my way to the beach
Heaven on Earth!
This was tough duty
Local fruit stand
The only place I saw Tabasco!
The air was 90, the water was 80, perfect!
Watching over the bay and a guide for the East India Company ships to come in
Typical squid boat set up
Squid Lights On The Horizon
Tied Up For Bad Weather
My favorite restaurant
Amazing how they get these heavy wooden boats around with no motor
Drying the days catch
Mmmmmmmmm, more squid than you could possibly eat!
They used the oxen to pull the boats up onto the beach for repair and unloading, and then back in.
Who needs a Travelift when you have these?
She came running out so I would take a picture of the baby. Most of the women her age chew Bettlenut. Over time it rots the teeth, and turns your mouth red. Even the monks use it. Supposedly medicinal....and a nice buzz
Your upscale Myanmar Fishermans house
The food was cheap, delicious, and you can't beat the view!
The sunsets were amazing. Looking over the Bay of Bengal towards India
I had lunch here, 6 out of 9 days! About two hours walk down the beach from my bungalow
More local transportation
The Burmese Beach Boys. They had no idea who the Beatles or the Rolling Stones were, Zhaw, with the other guitar, was the only one who spoke english, but they knew all their chords, played all original songs, and had never seen anyone flatpick before. We got along great!
The daily grind
After three nights of this, Zhaw's mom, who ran the place and was the cook, refused to take my money for the lobster and prawns. I still had to buy the Burmese wine..Good Though!
This is why I was booked for three days, which turned into four, and then into six, and then nine...etc.
Coconut Whiskey. There's a reason it's still full.
Free Breakfast Buffet, brought to your bungalow.
Local temple with Stupa
Not a bad place to have breakfast every morning
Ngapali Beach, and the people of Lin Thar Village left an impression on me like that of the people and area around Luang Prabang, Lao. One of the most special places on this planet. I will definately be back.