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Myanmar (Burma)

(November 2005)

'This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land that one knows about'
(Rudyard Kipling 'Letters from the East')

Yangon
Yangon  |  Total images: 18
Yangon (population 4,082,000), is the largest city of Myanmar (formerly Burma) and the former capital. In November 2005 the military junta started moving the government away from Yangon to Pyinmana. The heart of Yangon is the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred buddhist site in Myanmar, with the 98 meter gilded stupa in its centre.

(parts taken from "Yangon." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 27 Dec 2005)
Mandalay
Mandalay, Mingun, Amarapura  |  Total images: 34
Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar with a population of 927,000. Mandalay is a cultural and religious center of Buddhism, having many monasteries and more than 700 pagodas. At the bottom of Mandalay Hill sits the world's official "Buddhist Bible", also known as the world’s largest book, in Kuthodaw Pagoda. There are 729 slabs inscribed with the entire Buddhist canon, each housed in it own white stupa. Around Mandalay several ancient capitals are located (Amarapura, Mingun, etc.)

(parts taken from "Mandalay." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 27 Dec 2005)
Bagan
Bagan, Mount Popa, Kalaw, Pindaya  |  Total images: 35
Bagan was the ancient capital of several ancient kingdoms in Myanmar. It is located in the dry central plains of the country, located on the western banks of the Ayeyarwady River. The ruins of Bagan cover an area of 40 square kilometres. The majority of its buildings were built in the 11th to 13th centuries, during the time Bagan was the capital of the Burmese dynasty. Bagan then became the sole centre of religious studies, and the university in Bagan attracted students from as far as the Khmer kingdoms. In 1287 the kingdom fell to the Mongols, after refusing to pay tribute. As a remainder approximately 2.500 temples are spread over the plains of Bagan, making an impressive and unique view.

(parts taken from "Bagan." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 17 Nov 2005)
Inle Lake
Inle Lake  |  Total images: 48
Inle Lake is a freshwater lake located in the mountains of Shan State. The people of Inle Lake, some 70,000 of them, live in four cities bordering the lake, in numerous small villages along the lake's shores and on the lake itself. Most live in simple stilt houses of woven bamboo and are largely self-sufficient. In addition to fish, they raise vegetables and fruits in gardens floating on the surface of the lake and carry on small industries with hand labor to produce goods for local use and trading. Their five-day markets, which rotate between different places around the lake, serve as the basic shopping with sales conducted from boats on the lake.

(parts taken from "Inle Lake." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 30 Aug 2005)