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500+ high-definition creative commons photographs are presented in the Myanmar collections, on the linked pages you will find many photographs, and wherever possible I have added in relevant historical information, videos, maps and diagrams.
The Land of Pagodas (53)
Pagodas from Various Sites around the Country
The Land of the Buddhas (46)
Buddha Images from Various Places
Decorative Mosaics in the Temples and Pagodas (29)
Mosaics found in Various Temples
Ananda Pagoda (43)
One of the largest and finest Temples in Bagan
The Quest for Awakening, Ananda Pagoda (40)
Reliefs Tracing the Story from Bodhisattva to Awakening
Mural Paintings at Upali Thein (20)
Fine Murals from an Old Sīma
Wood Carvings at Shwezigon Pagoda (27)
Wood Carvings relating Various Buddhist Stories
Decorative Mosaics at Sutaungpyai Pagoda, Mandalay Hill (22)
One of the Finest temples on Mandalay Hill
Marble Books at Kuthodaw and Sandamuni Pagodas (24)
The World's Largest Books Carved in Marble
Carved Teak Work at Shwe Inbin Temple (28)
Fine Teak Carving from the 19 c.
Mahamuni Pagoda (17)
One of the Iconic Statues in Myanmar
Mural Paintings at Kyauktawgyi Pagoda (30)
Murals of Various Pagodas, Monasteries and Everyday Life
Idyllic Taungthaman Lake (10)
Beautiful Lake near Amarapura
Buddhas and Murals at the Po Win Caves (56)
Some of the most Extensive Caves in S. E. Asia
500,000 Buddha Temple, Sambodhi Kat Kyaw (24)
Large, Modern conceptual Temple
Shwedagon Pagoda (36)
The Holiest Site in Myanmar
Extra Photographs from the Myanmar Trip (20)
Some of the Photographs that didn't make it to an Album
Map Showing the Main Sites Visited
First of all I very grateful indeed to Ashin Indavamsa who acted as my guide to the History and Culture of Myanmar - his invaluable knowledge and patience in sharing it solved many an enigma that would have eluded me otherwise. Besides acting as a field guide he also made many ad hoc translations, questioned locals with more knowledge of the subject and in many ways facilitated the trip.
I am also greatly indebted to Mr. Lim Poh Aing who acted as our kappiya - a more willing helper it would be hard to imagine: ever-ready to get up and go when it was necessary and able to switch off when there was nothing much to do. He is also one of the most hardy men I have come across, and even long and hard work trips never once brought a complaint from him.
When in Mandalay we were the guests of Sayadaw U Sagara, and in Bagan of his Uncle Sayadaw U Samvara - two kinder hosts it would be hard to imagine; they provided accomodation and meals while we explored the respective regions; while in Yangon we stayed with my friend Sayadaw U Sumana, who similarly went out of his way to help us with any need that arose.
I owe a very big sadhu to Maw Maw Aung who runs the Bagan House Laquerware Shop, and who arranged for us to stay with her relatives the Sayadaws in Mandalay and Bagan, very kindly provided transport and a guide so we could get around the temples and pagodas in Bagan, and supplied us with books, maps and other useful information.
Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu
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