Monuments & Sights


Yangon City Hall

Posted on July 11th, by Juan in Monuments & Sights. No Comments

Yangon City Hall is a great example British colonial architecture and Burmese ornamentation with pyatthat (tiered roofs).

At the main entrance there is the traditional Burmese peacock and the Myanmar flag.

The city hall was design by the Burmese architect U Tin. He also designed the Railway Station in Yangon.

It is located in downtown Yangon next to Sule Pagoda.

Beautiful palm trees surround the city hall creating a beautiful combination with the light purple window arches at the background.

Unfortunately, the city hall is not only surrounded by palm trees, but also by these barbed wired fences.



Monastery and Novice Monks, Inle Lake

Posted on June 21st, by Juan in Monuments & Sights, Religious Sites & Temples. No Comments

Monastery on the north side of Inle Lake and near Nyaung Shwe. Surrounded by countryside and on top of a mountain with spectacular views.

Stairs carved out of the land lead up to the monastery.

Monk’s robe hangs to dry in the sun on a bamboo cane.

Novice monk sitting enjoys the warmth of the evening sun on the the monastery’s balcony.

Altar with Buddha images inside the monastery where novice monks pray.

Sleeping area next to the altar in the previous picture.

On the left side there’s a tap and cement basin where the monks shower and do their laundry. The washed robes are hung out on the bamboo cane to dry.

Meditation hut. The monks had hung some leaves to dry to use to make tea.

Novice monks … Read More »



Floating Gardens on Inle Lake

Posted on June 9th, by Juan in Activities, Monuments & Sights. 3 comments

These are the floating gardens on Inle Lake which tourists can visit on boat trips to the lake.

The surrounding mountains form a dramatic backdrop to this stunning lake.

Farmers move between their crops by boat through these narrow channels.

The villagers who live in these huts have developed a unique way to power their boats. They pedal with their feet, leaving their hands free for other things such as pulling up fishing nets or harvesting tomatoes.

The houses are made of bamboo and sit on top of long bamboo canes that hold them above the lake. The space under their houses is used to store their boats, as well as being a good place to do the laundry.

Local woman travelling though the floating village by boat.

Woman tending to her … Read More »



Sunset at The Temples of Bagan, Myanmar

Posted on June 7th, by Juan in Monuments & Sights, Religious Sites & Temples. 1 Comment

When the sun starts setting in Bagan, everybody is is in a rush on their bicycles to get to one of the popular temples to watch the sunset.

You can see a spectacular sunset from almost any temple.

The views are not only stunning from the top of a temple, but also from the ground like in this picture.

Bright red sky just after the sun has dissapeared.

Buddha inside one of Bagan’s temples with his hands in “No Fear” position.



Former Myanmar Railway Headquarters; A Colonial Building in Yangon

Posted on May 31st, by Juan in Monuments & Sights. 3 comments

This well known colonial building is the former Myanmar railway headquarters. It is located on the corner of Bogyoke Aung San Road and Sule Pagoda Road in Yangon (just next to Bogyoke Market)

It consists of 3 colonial buildings which are surrounded by beautiful gardens and a spacious entrance.

The colonial building will be turned into a five-star hotel in two years following the Government’s demand for more luxury accommodation in the city.

The Government is focused on improving the quality and quantity of accommodation on offer in Yangon to host the increasing number of business travelers and tourists.



Kheng Hock Keong Chinese Temple, Yangon

Posted on May 19th, by Juan in Monuments & Sights, Religious Sites & Temples. No Comments

Kheng Hock Keong is the oldest Chinese Buddhist and Taoist temple in Yangon, situated in chinatown. It was founded in 1861 by the Hokkien community and dedicated to Mazu, the Sea goddess. Kheng Hock Keong means “Temple in celebration of prosperity/fortune” and the name was chosen in gratitude to Mazu for her blessings during their sea voyages and for their prosperity and fortune in Burma.

Statue of the Guardian spirit at the entrance of the temple. Buddhas adorn his crown.

This is the left altar with Guan Gong statue representing him in Bravery & Conquer mood. Guan Gong is the God of war.

The combination of flowers, offerings and incense smoke creates a very special ambiance.

Kheng Hock Keong temple is full of statues, flowers and other decorations in colourful red.

Chimney inside … Read More »



Marble Stone Buddha at Kyauk Daw Kyi Pagoda, Insein (Yangon)

Posted on May 13th, by Juan in Monuments & Sights, Religious Sites & Temples. No Comments

Kyauk Daw Kyi Pagoda is in Insein Township and it is famous for it’s white marble stone Buddha. Next to this pagoda you can find Hsin Hpyu Daw Park with 3 Royal White Elephants.

Lion and serpent (Naga) decorating the stairs leading to the main chapel entrance. Lions are guardians of the temples and are in pairs at the entrance. In Buddhism lions are symbolic of the bodhisattvas, the “sons of the Buddha”.

The seated Buddha was sculptured out from a single piece of white marble stone.

A lot of people come to Kyauk Daw Kyi Pagoda to pray.

Amazing the sitting posture to pray of these women, specially the one on the right at her age. They have a hair comb in the typical Myanmar style.

Close-up view of the marble stone … Read More »



Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Yangon

Posted on April 5th, by Juan in Monuments & Sights, Religious Sites & Temples. No Comments

Saint Mary’s Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral located in Yangon. It’s also the largest cathedral in Myanmar. Designed by Dutch architect Jos Cuypers, it has a red brick exterior, two spires and a bell tower.

Red brick entrance to the cathedral with a figure of Jesus holding a lamb on his shoulders.

Interior of Saint Mary’s Cathedral.

Close-up view of the main altar.

Wooden chairs and prayer kneelers for the congregation who can attend the daily masses or come to pray.

Figure of Jesus Christ situated to the right of the altar.

Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus in her arm.



Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

Posted on February 23rd, by Juan in Monuments & Sights, Religious Sites & Temples. 6 comments

Main entrance of Shewdagon Pagoda, guarded by two lions.

Ornate covered stairway leading up to the pagoda.

Beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda with a tree branch from the People’s Park in the foreground.

Side entrance to the walkway leading up to the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Small alters that surround the base of the pagoda. In the evenings Buddhist worshipers light candles and incense here.

Small shrine to one side of the pagoda, ringed by alters containing images of Buddha.

Monk meditating in the small shrine from the previous image. Monks in Myanmar typically spend a large part of their day meditating.

Man paying respects to Buddha by offering drinking water. There are 7 different alters around the main pagoda, one for each day of the week and Buddhist worshipers pray in the alter of … Read More »






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