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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon February 9th 2015

37 hours from door to door and we are tired, but in Yangon, Burma. Spent a fascinating morning on Monday, Feb. 9th. Visited the Kalaywa Tawya Monastery for monks and nuns and is essentially, a boarding school and orphanage for boys & girls ages 6 - 17. Monasteries are supported with private money and sanctioned by the government. In Burma there are approximately 400,000 monks & 100,000 nuns and at this monastery, there are 1,480 students. 860 novices , 373 nuns, 65 monks & 182 students coming from all over the country. Theravada Buddhism is the "original Buddhism" according to Sandro, our guide, and is practiced in Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia & Laos. The students & monks are free to leave the monastery if they like but many stay, following their belief for rebirth and ... read more
Last meal of day.
Nunnery is next door to Monastery
Nunnery

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon February 7th 2015

Yangon nachdem ich mir in Bangkok ein Visum für Burma / Myanmar besorgt habe, und daraufhin auch gleich ein Flugticket nach Yangon gebucht habe - tataaa gibt es nun den ersten Eintrag von Yangon. Ich nenne diesen Eintrag: "Yangon Part 1 - Streetlife". Voraussichtlich werden zwei weitere Einträge folgen - stay tuned ;-)... read more
Yangon - Streetlife
Yangon - Streetlife
Yangon - Streetlife

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon February 7th 2015

Yangon - Train ride (circle line) Eine Eisenbahnlinie führt von Yangon durch die Vororte in der Umgebung. Der Zug wird Hauptsächlich von Pendlern auf dem Weg ins Zentrum (und wieder zurück nach Hause) benutzt. Eine Fahrt auf dieser Strecke bietet interessante Einblicke und Ausblicke.... read more
Train station
Warmly Welcome & Take Care of Tourists
Warmly Welcome & Take Care of Tourists

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon February 6th 2015

Ray & I will be traveling to Myanmar (Burma) leaving Charlotte, NC on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. After 8 days in Myanmar we go to Bangkok, Thailand then on to Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam before returning on Wednesday, March 4. Ray and I are thrilled that my sister, Diane Bleday, who lives in Plymouth, MA will be joining us in Thailand. Diane will help me write the blog and will be adding pictures of her own. My personal interest in travel stems from attempting to follow in her footsteps as she has been an inspiration to me in many ways, including travel. However, Diane is way ahead of us in number of countries and travel experiences. Diane will have much to add to the blog but more important, will be a great companion to have with ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon January 30th 2015

This Website could Not cope with inputting Myanmar so Not much hope for me getting it right ! We are now at the end of this short but beautiful journey. It has been different from many though I'm not sure why. Perhaps its the delightful people, the amazing geography and sights , its po!itical history , or maybe just that for so long its been a closed country. It is a country full of contrasts trying to cope with an influx of tourists but without much of the infrastructure or know how to support it. A country of around 55 million with 8 ethnic groups dominated by the Burmese and boarded by two great nations India and China not to mention Thailand and Laos. India and China have influenced the culture food and development of Myanmar ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon December 29th 2014

Myanmar, considered as the-want- to-visit- country for many tourists around the world for several decades back, is slowly opening –up . Great news for adventure travelers including myself in love with rich history, culture and traditions of that area. During the stop-over in Myanmar, the only city I could explore a bit was Yangon and here is how I saw it for the time being in the end of December 2014. Walking the streets of Yangon (the biggest city in Myanmar) was like walking though the historian past of the country and National Geographic - all in ones. From the golden pagodas, various markets selling everything from local fruits/ vegetables, though the textile and clothing typical for the area and the jewelries – great idea for yourself or presents to the beloved ones, food and tea ... read more
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Gem-stones at the Scott's Market
Breakfast at "Barboun"Cafe"

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon December 20th 2014

They tasted odd, but I was ravenous and thought nothing of it, plunging my hand back into the foil packaging for a second and then a third salted cashew. It was my first purchase in Burma, from the shop in the domestic departure lounge of Yangon Airport and I was a little foggy after connecting through Singapore on a 1am flight from Melbourne. All I wanted was food, so eat these funny tasting cashews I would! Then, as my eyes scanned the scene before me, I decided to see if I could decipher any of the information on the packaging, trying to determine if they were a local product. It was at this point that I noticed a rectangular yellow sticker affixed to the top of the packaging, right where I tore the packet open. In ... read more

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon December 15th 2014

As any kid growing up in Rangoon, (or Yangon as it is called now) going to the zoo was always a treat. At that time my father's cousin was director of the Rangoon Zoo, as it was called then, and we kids would have VIP tours escorted by the zoo's staff. Passing adolescence into adulthood, with work and family commitments, a great number of years passed and visits to the zoo became less and less frequent. In 1978 I left the country to seek my fortunes abroad, but after a period of 9 years overseas, I felt homesick and went back to visit my homeland. Since then, I have returned on regular trips to see old friends and relatives. In 2001, on one of those trips I took my American friend Ken to Yangon. In between ... read more
Yangon zoo
Yangon Zoo
Yangon zoo

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon December 14th 2014

Just a short distance away from the city's main tourist attraction, the great Shwedagon pagoda, is the Chauk Htat Gyi pagoda where you can see the third largest reclining Buddha in Myanmar (indeed, the world). This remarkable statue is housed in a large metal-roof shed and is highly revered by the local people, the majority of whom are Buddhists. Although it is not as well known as the fabled Shwedagon, it is fast becoming a tourist draw. I have been there several times, my last visit being two years ago. The very impressive 65 meters/214 feet long image is wearing a golden robe; the right arm of the Buddha is supporting the back of the head. It is decorated with very expressive colors, white face, red lips, blue eye shadow, golden robe and red finger nails. ... read more
Reclining Buddha
Reclining Buddha
Reclining Buddha

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon December 13th 2014

First of all, this market is officially called "Bogyoke Market" after General Aung San the father of Burma's independence. 'Bogyoke' is the Burmese term for General. However, it is still known as Scott Market even after all these years. The place is supposed to be named after J.G. Scott, an administrator during the British rule of Burma. Known for its colonial era architecture and inner cobblestone streets, the market is one of the major tourist attractions in the city of Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon. It is also a popular shopping center for the local people as it has a number of stores selling medicine, foodstuffs, garments and foreign goods. The market is believed to have been built in 1926 during the British rule of the country when it was known as Burma. Needless to say, ... read more
Scott Market - Yangon
Scott Market - Yangon
Scott Market - Yangon




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