Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Myanmar, The Golden Land

So in case you haven't figured it out yet, Paul, Piper, and I have moved to Myanmar (formerly Burma)! Myanmar is in Southeast Asia, sharing borders with Bangladesh, India, China, Laos, and Thailand, with a large stretch of coastline along the Bay of Bengal. 

Myanmar has had a very complicated history and had been a closed off and isolated from the rest of the world for nearly 60 years. In 2011 the military dictatorship stepped down and the country opened up to the outside world. 

The country is predominantly Buddhist, which results in a plethora of temples, stupas, pagodas, and Buddha statues across the country. For a photographer it is picture taking gold! Yet, it is also a monsoon country and it receives consistent and heavy rain for nearly five months each year (May-September), which for a photographer is a challenge!

We left South Africa and moved here at the end of May and I've been negligent in posting pictures of our new country. So here are a few from our adventures around the city, dodging the monsoon rains!

 Downtown Yangon

 Walking through a market near the river

 Taking a trishaw ride around town

 A Chinese temple in Chinatown


 Posing with a little Chinte

 Kandawgyi Lake with Shwedagon Pagoda in the background

 The view of our apartment buildings in the distance. Despite appearances, this is urban living!

 Karaweik Hall on Kandawgyi Lake

 Overlooking Yangon from the balcony of our apartment

Shwedagon Pagoda

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