Pasting gold on the Buddha at Mahamuni Paya
All day long the men (women are not allowed) come to paste gold leaf onto the Buddha at Mahamuni Paya in Mandalay
Ringing the bell at Mahamuni Paya
Taking my turn at ringing the bell at Mahamuni Paya in Mandalay
Pounding gold into leaves
Gold pounding district in Mandalay. Each gold ingot is pounded for 5 hours to flatten it into wispy leaves.
World's largest book
Each stupa in Kuthodaw Paya houses a text-inscribed marble slab, and there are 729 stupas in all.
Wholesale fish market, Mandalay
A pleasant moment in an otherwise crowded and bustling wholesale fish market. These women were cutting fish into fish cake
Partially completed 18th century stupa (all brick). Apparently an astrologer told the king that if he completed this he would die immediately, hence it remained unfinished.
Sunrise at Mandalay Palace
At one corner of the moat surrounding Mandalay Palace
The daily market in Mandalay
This is a tiny slice of the action going on at the daily market, which seemed to ramble on and on across several acres.
Morning meal at Maha Ganayon Kyaung
1500 monks at Maha Ganayon Kyaung line up for their morning meal, with hundreds of tourists watching from the side.
Umin Thounzeh in Sagaing
Atop Sagaing Hill, the 45 doors on Umin Thounzeh lead to 45 buddhas.
Student protest near Inwa, Myanmar
Students demonstrating near Inwa. We happened upon this while driving, and pulled over for a look. Our guide explained they are seeking a union/representation, presumably to improve academic conditions/standards in universities.
Elephant in novitiate procession
One of three elephants participating in a buddhist novitiate procession in Inwa
Soon to be novitiate monk in celebratory parade in Inwa
The ruins of Yedanasimi Paya near Inwa
Maha Aungmye Bonzan
1822 royal monastery temple in Inwa
Schoolgirl near Bagan
A friendly schoolgirl takes time to chat up the American tourists in her village near Bagan
Bagan at dusk
Sunset in Bagan
Twilight in Bagan
Bagan temples at dusk
Dusk in Bagan
Looking out over the temples at Bagan at twilight
777 steps to the top, with aggressive monkeys most of the way up.
Mount Popa, Myanmar
Looking down from Mount Popa at Taung Kalat, and its 777 steps. Taken at the Mount Popa Inn.
Just a few of the 8,095 Buddhas housed inside the caves of Pindaya, which burrow 490m inside the mountain.
Woman at Pindaya market
Wearing traditional headdress at market in Pindaya.
Flowers at Amora Guest House in Kalaw
Nanette in traditional Shan dress
Nanette accessorizes herself in the best of Shan tribal wear.
Reading the tea leaves
Drying tea leaves in a mountaintop village outside of Kalaw
Trekking in the mountains near Kalaw
Trekking in orange and banana groves to a mountaintop village near Kalaw
South of Heho, Myanmar
Driving south of Heho the scenery reminded me of central California
Scaring fish on Inle Lake
Fishermen use paddles to scare fish into their nets on Inle Lake
Sunset on Inle Lake
Sunset on Inle Lake, looking out towards the gatehouse at Serenity Inle
Spinning lotus silk
Spinning lotus silk into thread
Stupas overlooking Sankar
Stupas overlooking Sankar Lake
Stupas in Sagar
Stupas in Sankar/Sagar south of Inle Lake, partially submerged in water.
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Serenity on Inle
The haunted hotel on Inle Lake, where out of 35-40 cottages Nanette and I were the only occupants.
Fishing in Inle Lake
Fisherman on Inle Lake, using the signature technique of propelling / steering with leg around the oar, tucked under the arm.
Wholesale market Mawlamyaing
Dried fish in the wholesale market in Mawlamyaing
Smiling on the daily donation run
Young monks on the streets of Mawlamyaing.
Flowers on the street of Mawlamyaing
From the daily market of Mawlamyaing
Sunset in Mawlamyaing
Former capital of colonial Burma, Mawlamyaing is a bustling city in the southeast
Mountain Top Hotel, Kyaiktiyo Myanmar
View from my room on Kyaiktiyo
Devotion at Golden rock
The faithful pasting gold leaf onto Golden Rock at sunset
Top of Kyaiktiyo
Next to Golden Rock, a festival atmosphere with pilgrims and their families
Golden Rock at dawn
Golden rock in the early dawn light.
Boys on truck to Golden Rock
These two scrambled onto the truck at the last minute, and stood while the rest of us pitched back and forth for the roller coaster ride down the mountain.
Python at snake monastery in Bago, Myanmar
125 year-old python (17-feet long) at the snake monastery in Bago. Its handler sits beside it, occasionally napping, and otherwise chanting whenever a donor puts money on the snake.
Transformers, fans, motors for sale
Street vendor in Yangon selling used electronic components
Chinlone on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar
Playing a game of chinlone after work in Yangon. The hacky sack like game uses a rattan ball and is a very popular sport in Myanmar