Smiles of Myanmar

Myanmar people are enchanting and very friendly. They always have a smile on their face and are ready to help you and chat with you. If you smile at anyone, you’ll get an amazing smile back! Check out the following photos and… SMILE! ;)In this first photo, my friend from a little tea stall on a Yangon street.

These two are mother and sister of the boy in the previous picture and are very special to me. They have a tea stall in the street which I went many nights for a quick dinner. The only thing she could offer me to eat was “tomato mix”. First time I said, ok, don’t know what it is but go ahead. It was delicious! Tomatoes, nuts, onions and many spices!

This girl and the one in the picture … 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 »

Royal Palace, Mandalay

Posted on February 15th, by Juan in Monuments & Sights. 1 Comment

View from outside Mandalay Palace. This is the gate on the East wall, which together with the other three 2 km long walls, forms a square around the Palace.

The Watch Tower. From here you get a complete view of the Palace grounds.

Amazing view of the Royal Palace from the Watch Tower.

Hluttaw or the Supreme Court, the building at the centre of the Palace, and the grand peaked-roof of the Great Audience Hall in the background.

The Great Audience Hall of the Royal Palace.

Another ornate teak building stained red, in the style characteristic to Mandalay’s Royal Palace.

Inside the stunning Glass Palace.

Figures of King Mindon and Chef Queen Satkyardavi at the entrance to the Great Audience Hall.

Gold Pounders Workshop, Mandalay

Posted on January 16th, by Juan in Handicrafts & Workshops. 2 comments

Gold pounders striking the gold to make it paper-thin.

Workers get bad backs after 10 years of work and usually at the age of 45 is when they stop because the body can’t take any more.

This is a water clock that tells the gold pounders when to take a break. It is a coconut shell placed in a pot of water. The shell has a small hole in it and it takes 1 hour to fill up and sink. When this happens, they rest for 15 minutes.

The hammer they use weighs 3 kilograms.

One of the stacks of gold leaves being pounded.

Gold pounder checking the leaves.

Gold leaves ready to be packaged.

Woman in gold workshop preparing the leaves to be sold.

Buddha covered in gold-leaf.

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