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Myanmar, Land of the Pagoda

As mentioned on my log page I worked for a short time in Myanmar, formerly know as Burma some twenty years ago. At that time I had very little free time available to explore this charming country and whilst India was classed as the jewel in the British Empires Crown, Burma must have been a close contender for the title.

This tour was undertaken with the Royal Photographic Society when we visited Yangon formerly Rangoon, then to Mandalay, down the Irrawaddy river to the World Heritage Site with a thousand Pagodas at Began and finally to Inle Lake.

Yangon, Independence Square

The magic of of Shwedagon Pagoda, the Worlds largest pagoda, and yes that is all Gold, some of it just layers of gold leaf, others particularly near the top from solid gold plates. The Thai's will tell you that most of the gold came from the old cities of Ayuttaya and Sukothai whilst the Burmese will say we took what was rightly ours in the first place.

Yangon Town and Sule Pagoda


U-Bein Bridge


Mandalay-Pyinoolwin Gardens



The 12th Century UNESCO World Heritage Site at Old Bagan with over 4000 pagodas. Watching the Sun come-up is truly memorable.

Inle Lake

This photo gained first place at Lancaster PS Annual DPI comp in the monochrome section 2014

Inle Lake and the adandoned monastery of Shwe Inn Dein

This tour was an organised photographic tour with members of the Royal Photographic Society Travel Group.Flights, hotels,transport was organised by the UK Tour Company All Points East, see Our in country tour leader was Swiss National Jean Daniel Schranz, see www. Whilst travelling around we were joined by local Myanmar Reps, Ko Aung Kyaw Soe Moe, Nguwar Hlaing,Mr Win,.

All provided excellent service.

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