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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 »



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.



Buddhist Worshipers Set Birds Free to Earn Merit

Posted on May 21st, by Juan in Culture & Customs, Religious Sites & Temples. No Comments

At the entrance of every temple there are vendors with crowded bird cages.

Worshiper buying a bird at Kheng Hock Keong Temple in Yangon.

She prays with the bird at the entrance of the temple before setting it free.

According to Buddhist beliefs, releasing birds earns you merit. It can also symbolizes letting go of troubles.



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 »



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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