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Published: March 14th 2016
Welcome to Yandabo
A small village along the river that is famous for its clay or terra cotta pots.
Day 11-Saturday-January 23 After breakfast this morning we arrived in Yandabo, a small rustic village on the bank of the Ayeyarwady River in the Mandalay Region. We had a very interesting docking process! The boat could only get close enough for the crew to put out a long gangway by getting into the water and extending it to the shore. There was a very short wooden dock that a small primitive ‘ferry’ type service boat could pull up to and pick up or drop off people with goods or small motorbikes. Yandabo is famous for an Anglo-Burmese peace treaty that was signed in 1826. It is also known for making finely crafted terracotta pottery. Our excursion this morning was a walking tour that took us into the village where we watched a lady and her niece make a couple pots.
On the way we watched children playing a badminton type of game with a wicker ball about 8” in diameter. They used their feet like soccer to get it over the net.
The potter created pots from a large handful of clay that they get from the river while her niece pushed the pedal that turned the wheel. One
Yandabo in sight
Annette and Jane checking out our arrival.
person can make 30-50 pots per day which are used for food or water storage. Each potter has their own trademark on their wooden mallet which they used to create a design on their pots before they dried. One could buy a finished pot there for about 20 Kyats ($.20) or $1.00 after they are shipped to market. There were a number of potters in the village.
After we arrived back at the AmaPura, we were treated to an hour-long presentation by Ye Min on the “Bagan Dynasty” and an overview of the different styles of pagodas. After lunch we were able to relax for a couple hours and at 4:15 we departed by bus for the Watch Tower, an 11-story building in the midst of many pagodas where we were able to take photos at sunset. AmaWaterways provided some refreshments. After that we met with the other group and went to the Guni Temple at a Candle Blessing Ceremony with a monk. He gave a blessing and then we gave offerings to him. Following the ceremony, we made our way back to the boat to enjoy dinner.
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