Human Powered Ferris Wheel at the Karen New Year Festival, Insein (Yangon)


Posted on March 15th, by Juan in Activities. 1 Comment

Big wheel funfair Karen new year festival at Insein Myanmar

Ferris wheel at the Karen New Year festival in Insein Township (Yangon). The Karen people celebrate their New Year every January 12th. The amazing thing about this wheel is that it is powered by people! When all the seats are full, the young guys in florescent t-shirts climb to the top to push it down. The following three photos show this process in more detail.

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One of the guys in the ferris wheel team. First step, they all climb to the top.

Big wheel funfair Karen new year festival at Insein Myanmar 2

Second step, they pull down and hang from the big wheel using their weight to make it move.

Big wheel funfair Karen new year festival at Insein Myanmar 3

Last step, as they reach the ground they all jump off the wheel and let it spin round several times.

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The team get ready for the next spin.

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Happy family and ferris wheel worker wait for the wheel to fill up.

 

Here is a CNN video of Anthony Bourdain showing us how these human-powered ferris wheels spin:

 

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One thought on “Human Powered Ferris Wheel at the Karen New Year Festival, Insein (Yangon)

  1. So interesting a ferris wheel, I have heard many sets of ferris wheels with different heights, but Human Powered Ferris Wheel is the first time, thanks for your sharing

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