Pagoda


Ballooning Over Bagan: Ancient Temples from the Sky

Posted on March 1st, by Juan in Activities, Religious Sites & Temples. 5 comments

Are you ready to float over Bagan’s temples? Balloons Over Bagan gives you the opportunity to experience one of the world’s most beautiful balloon flights. The adventure starts at 5:30 am when they pick you up from your hotel in one of these cool Second World War converted buses and drive you to the launch site.

At the launch site you are welcomed with tea or coffee whilst the ten balloons are inflated and checked

It’s really interesting to see how the balloonist and his crew get the balloon ready, first with air and then with fire.

Once everything was ready we took off to enjoy the sunrise! The balloon’s basket can take a maximum of 16 passengers plus the pilot.

This photo is my favourite, and I have included it to show that … Read More »



Shwedagon Pagoda by Night, Yangon

Posted on December 6th, by Juan in Activities, Monuments & Sights, Religious Sites & Temples. 2 comments

Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar and worth not only visiting it during the day, but also at night. It is located to the north of Yangon between People’s Park and Kandawgyi Lake, and visible from almost everywhere in the city, being the main element in Yangon’s skyline.

The main entrance to the Shwedagon Pagoda is guarded by two lions-like creatures called chinthes, which act as guardians to the pagoda.

Once you enter, this stairway leads you to the pagoda and here is where you start feeling the majesty of what you are about to see.

Shwedagon Pagoda is breathtaking when you admire its golden colour. It’s 2,500 years old, 99 meters hight, and surrounded by 64 smaller pagodas plus four pagodas at the four cardinal points.

The stupa has … Read More »



U Bein Bridge: The Longest Teak Bridge in the World

Posted on September 24th, by Juan in Activities, Monuments & Sights. 2 comments

U Bein Bridge is a unique sight in Myanmar and one of the highlights when you visit Mandalay. It is located in former capital city of Amarapura, just 10 km from Mandalay.

It is the longest teak bridge in the world, measuring 1.2 km and crossing Taungthaman Lake.

The teak wood came from the royal palace at Amarapura, including the columns used as the bridge pillars. When the capital was moved to Mandalay they took it down and U Bein, the mayor, used the teak to build this bridge so locals could cross Taungthaman Lake.

During the day it’s very busy. It forms part of daily life as hundreds of locals cross it to go to work and return home.From the little cafes on both sides you can spend hours watching people coming and going … Read More »



Paradise in the Heart of Yangon: Kandawgyi Lake & The Karaweik

Posted on July 29th, by Juan in Activities, Monuments & Sights. 1 Comment

Kandawgyi Lake is an enchanting place in Yangon. It’s got beautiful natural scenery and is home to one of Yangon’s landmarks: the Karaweik.

The Karaweik is a unique palace built in the form of a royal barge and facing the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda. It is 39 meters wide and 82 meters long.

Karaweik the name for a mythical bird with a melodious cry.

Beautiful view of the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda from the teak bridge in the lake. It’s a romantic place, there are always young couples enjoying the peace and tranquility, away from the noise of Yangon.

There is a teak bridge that crosses the lake. It’s very enjoyable to walk along it, surrounded by nature.

Here you can see a local monk enjoying an evening stroll.

And you have to watch … 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 »



Ngwe Saung Beach

Posted on May 2nd, by Juan in Beaches. 5 comments

Ngwe Saung Beach is known for its twin rock stupas.

It’s the second beach closest to Yangon, just a 5 hours drive. The closest one is Chaung Tha, which is very popular among locals. The most popular beach in Myanmar for foreign tourists is Ngapali, which despite being far from Yangon is serviced by regular flights.

Ngwe Saung Beach is a 15 km long beach with fine white sand and clear blue sea.

At the shore of Ngwe Saung Beach you can always find crabs working hard digging a path to their nests. As they go about their work they create hundreds of balls from the removed sand. These are placed around the entrance to the nest in a spiral shape to protect it.

Colourful dragon-fly flying over a crab’s nest.

Ngwe Saung … Read More »



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 »



Shwesandaw Pagoda, Pyay

Posted on February 3rd, by Juan in Monuments & Sights, Religious Sites & Temples. No Comments

Beautiful Shwesandaw Pagoda in Pyay

Colorful entrance to Shwesandaw Pagoda from the lift.

Two women and a nun arriving at the Shwesandaw Pagoda to pray.

Reclining Buddha at the Shwesandaw Pagoda looking towards Sehtatgyi Buddha.

Sehtatgyi Buddha viewed from Shwesandaw Pagoda.

Man praying at one of the altars around the Shwesandaw Pagoda.



The Temples of Bagan

Posted on January 16th, by Juan in Monuments & Sights, Religious Sites & Temples. No Comments

Landscape of the amazing Bagan temples.

The temples of Bagan provide a stunning backdrop to this field of wheat.

Bullock cart travelling through Bagan.

The Bagan landscape, each temple with a unique architectural styles.

Buddha sitting cross-legged eating from a bowl.

Entrance to one of the temples in Bagan.

Buddha in the altar of one of Bagan’s temples.






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