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There's Still Space Left

Not my first nor even second photo of an overcrowded truck in a developing country. I could probably create a gallery of photos like this. It's a reality of life in many countries that may be a bit shocking to those accustomed to having their own cars. In a way, I guess it's more environmentally friendly to see so many people share a vehicle.

Read more: https://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/theres-still-space-left

#MtPopa #myanmar #burma #travel #photography #crowded #transportation
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Nan Oo Buddha

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Inside one of the pavilions is this astonishing image of the Nan Oo Buddha. It is set within a rather ornately decorated shrine with glass panels that glimmer and sparkle.

The pagoda is very popular with Thai tourists in particular. In one of the other shrines, there is a Buddhist deity that is believed to grant wishes. You must bring two bills of equal amounts - one for the deity, and one for yourself. While the bills are being blessed, you make a wish. One of the bills is returned to you, the other is kept for the temple and your wish shall come true....

Read the full blog post: https://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/nan-oo-buddha

#HDR #AuroraHDR #NanOo #Buddha #Buddhist #Myanmar #Burma #travel #photography #botataung #asia #religion #spiritual #deity #bronze #pagoda #shrine #shimmer #yangon #rangoon #hdrphotography #travelphotography
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Dhammayazika Pagoda

Pwasaw is a small village just east of Bagan. It's hard to tell where Bagan ends and Pwasaw begins, but to me it seems like they're part of the magic that is Bagan. Home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, and stupas. A place that you really want to take your time to immerse yourself in to explore as many of these temples as you can.

One thing you might not be expecting is that, in Burma, when visiting temples you have to take your shoes off. Think you're sneaky and can wear socks? Think again! No shoes, no socks. Barefoot only. It's a good idea to bring with plenty of antibacterial hand wipes (or wet wipes, baby wipes, whatever) to clean your feet with after visiting the temples. Also, make your life easier and just wear sandals or flip flops to begin with so it's not a whole process to constantly take your shoes and socks off and put them back on in between temples.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/10/7/dhammayazika-pagoda

#DhammayazikaPagoda #HDR #AuroraHDR #AuroraHDR2017 #Pwasaw #BuddhistTemple #Bagan #myanmar #burma #landscape #travel #photography #buddhist #pagoda #asia #burmese #gold #picturesque #spirituality #temple #hdrphotography #travelphotography #landscapephotography #미얀마 #버마 
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The Facebook Store

It's easy to take the internet for granted. Living in the developed world, internet access is easy to come by. Hell, even when I visited Greenland a couple years ago I had 4G access when I was in the towns! While the U.S. is generally not considered to be in the top-ten most wired/connected countries in the world, it should have a reasonable ranking of within the top-20. It could definitely be better, but it's a huge country.

Contrast this with places like Burma, which is one of the least connected countries in the world. Ok, Eritrea, you beat Burma in being even less connected, but then again, you're also at the very bottom of the World Press Freedom Index. Taken in that context, if you want to connect, small internet cafes and shops like this one can become a vital lifeline of connectivity. Such is life in this land of contrasting Buddhist ideals and beauty with decades long military rule.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/9/15/the-facebook-store

#NyaungShwe #ShanState #shan #burma #myanmar #travel #photography #asia #SouthEastAsia #life #facebook #connected #wired #travelphotography
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Abandoned Railcars

Near the Yangon Central Railway Station, abandoned rail cars slowly waste away. It's downtown Yangon, the station being the largest in the country, yet the jungle looks ready to to take over the area if only it can be neglected a little longer. A city ready to break out into the international stage and quickly developing, but some parts of its past are still close to home.

Riding the train is in itself a bit of a tourist destination. A fleeting glimmer looking into the daily life of the Burmese that depend on rail transit. It's people watching, but taken to the touristic level where people come and go, transporting their goods or their children. Everyone playing a part in the larger story that's waiting to be told if only more people would visit and see the country for themselves.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/8/15/abandoned-railcars

#yangon #rangoon #myanmar #burma #railcar #train #rail #transport #transit #abandoned #asia #travel #photography #urban #carriage #track #sonya7rii #travelphotography #미얀마 #버마 #양곤
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The image is licensed under the Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA) terms, so to hang this up in your own home project should be fine. More details: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

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On A Spiritual Journey

Mandalay Hill, at 240m (790 ft) tall is home to a number of monasteries and pagodas. Somewhere on its top with amazing views is the Su Taung Pyi Pagoda. As the sun dwindled in the horizon, Buddhist practitioners starting laying out rows and rows of candles.

Read the full post: https://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/on-a-spiritual-journey

#Monk #Portrait #Myanmar #Burma #Travel #Photography #Sunset #Mandalay

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A Burst Of Color

Buddhists make offerings to Buddha in order to create positive energy. They want to develop good qualities like giving, respect, and gratitude. There are various things that are offered to Buddha in this regard such as water (symbolizes clarity and calmness), fruit (symbolizes the fruit of enlightenment) and flowers.

Fresh and beautiful flowers don't last long. After a few days they lose their lovely scent, become withered, and get discolored. This is a reminder of Buddha's teaching that all things are impermanent. Therefore, we should value what we have now, and live in the present.

While making my way through Shan State, in the town of Kyuakme there was a small roadside market. Mostly filled with a number of stalls selling bundles of these beautiful and fragrant flowers. It was one of those small pleasures while traveling where you spend a few more minutes of your time at an unexpected stop to see something you might not see back home. A vibrant explosion of color.

Blogged: https://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/11/1/a-burst-of-color

#Kyaukme #ShanState #Flowers #Burma #Myanmar #travel #photography #colorful #bloom #buddhism #buddhist #symbolism #buddha #offering #asia #southeastasia #travelphotography #explore #버마 #미얀마
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Life Along Byat Ta Pan Sat Road

Life can be hard for the children of Burma. Live in a city? You might be working in a cafe in your preteen years. Tourist destination? Selling nik naks to any tourists that come your way. Or, if you live near Byat Ta Pan Sat road along the route to Mt. Popa, you might find yourself standing on the side of the road.

Several children on both sides of the road were just standing around when I went past. Why? Truckers that drive through the area will sometimes toss them some food. As my guide told me, it's a way to earn extra income for the family. It's a weird form of street-side panhandling. No signs, just a sad presence.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/9/21/life-along-byat-ta-pan-sat-road

#burma #myanmar #mandalay #portrait #child #poverty #begging #impoverished #travel #photography #asia #thanaka #boy #portraitphotography #travelphotography #미얀마 #버마
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Burmese Fabric

Taking the waterways out west from Inle Lake you can discover the incredible Indein Village. It's like the Shan Bagan. A pocket of jungle with an abundance of beautiful stupas and pagodas that transport you back in time.

After wandering through the village in the morning, I had lunch at a nearby restaurant that seemed quite geared towards foreign tourists (e.g. it was quite clean). Walking along the riverbanks back to transport, saw a guy getting his hair dyed by a street-side salon and this beautiful, colorful fabrics.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/9/7/burmese-fabric

#Fabric #Textile #ShanState #Shan #Burma #Myanmar #Cloth #travel #photography #sonya7rii #travelphotography #미얀마 #버마 #샨
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Faces of Burma Part 11

Inle Lake is a mesmerizing freshwater lake. With various villages living on the lake. On the lake?! Yes, on the lake. With floating gardens. With just a few words, it's hard to picture what's going on, but then you go and there's a bit of an ah-ha moment before reality snaps back and you're just as confused as before.

The lake, while sizable, is rather shallow with a depth of just 7 ft in the dry season and 12 ft during the rainy season. Stilt houses cluster together in the villages along with rows of tomatoes being grown in (on?) the floating gardens. Using narrow, small motorized boats to traverse the lake visiting various villages, you encounter many locals, working laborious jobs for what would be considered a meager wage in any modern, developed country.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/8/31/faces-of-burma-part-11

#InleLake #Myanmar #Burma #ShanState #portrait #blackandwhite #monochrome #travel #photography #asia #southeastasia #taunggyi #portraitphotography #blackandwhitephotography #travelphotography #hat #explore #boating #미얀마 #버마
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