Royal White Elephants at Hsin Hpyu Daw Park, Insein (Yangon)

Posted on May 15th, by Juan in Activities. No Comments

It is said that white elephants bring peace, stability and prosperity to the nation. When these three white elephants were discovered they were brought to this park to be protected and visited by the public. “The white elephants represent peace and weath. They are a sign of the good future awaiting our country” U Ottama elderly Buddhist monk.

Some characteristics of white elephants are the pearl eyes, white hoofs, the back which hangs down like the bough of a banana tree, the white hairs on the body and tail, and the tah gah paik (closed door) shaped tail.

This is Hsin Hpyu Daw Park, where the white elephants could be living…

This is where they really live…

They are chained like this to the concrete and can’t move…

This guy feeds the white … 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 »

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

Posted on March 15th, by Juan in Activities. 2 comments

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.

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

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

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

The team get ready for the next spin.

Happy family and ferris wheel … Read More »

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