Young boy with his thanaka make up

Yangon and the life of its people

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  • U Htaung Bo Road in Yangon

    A busy round about on the way to the Shwedagon Pagoda east side. Distances in the tourist areas are not large and, provided to take it easy, we could walk almost anywhere.

  • Kaba Aye Pagoda Road in Yangon

    On the way from our hotel to the first sightseeing destination we'd across the busy road entering a small lane through a vivid market.

  • Old Yay Tar Shay lane in Yangon

    The walk is an markable experience passing small stores and flying vendor stalls. At least we reached the eastern side for the gate to the Shwedagon premise.


  • Gyar Twaya St to the Shwedagon premise

    Two porters carry sugar cane to press the delicious juice out of the stems.

  • Girl with a lovely thanaka face

    Burmese women colour their (and their childrens) faces with thanaka bark. It is ground into a powder, mixed with water and applied onto the face. It is said to protects the skin against the sun - and it lightens the colour of the face. The girl offering p…

  • Burmese people make pilgrimage to the pagoda

    When we reached the eastern gate to the ascent of the pagoda premises we were nearly the only foreigners coming that way. In spite of all predicted by other tourist information we saw only a few other western visitors.


  • The eastern stairways to the pagoda premises

    At the eastern side is also serving a lift to bring the visitors to the pagoda area. An old lift at the southern side was demolished. During my former visits I'd much fun to use that old shaky lift going up to the pagoda, I like going up and down several…

  • Golden decorated ceiling and its columns

    There are four entrances to the Shwedagon that lead up flights of steps to the platform on Singuttara Hill.

  • Vendor stores along the walk up stairs

    The eastern gate has vendors selling books, good luck charms, Buddha images, candles, gold leaf, incense sticks, prayer flags, streamers, miniature umbrellas and flowers to be given as offerings.


  • East main shrines and the Temple of the Kakusandha Buddha

    Thousands of devotees visit the pagoda each day to perform religious rites to make merit.

  • Young monks at the pagoda platform

    It's customary for a male in Myanmar to enter a monastery twice in his life. Once as a samanera, a novice monk, between the age of 10 and 20, and again as a hpongyi, a fully ordained monk, sometime at the age of 20. Some might remain a monk for just a few…

  • Burmese monks

    Monks, collectively known as the Sangha, are venerated members of Burmese society. Among many ethnic groups in Myanmar. There are approximately 400,000 monks in Burma.


  • The grand golden pagoda

    This world-renowned pagoda towers over the city of Yangon, and can be seen for miles around. Widely considered one of the world's wonders, Shwedagon is thought to have been constructed more than 2,500 years ago.

  • Sacrifice ceremony to Buddha image

    Water symbolises purity, clarity and calmness, and reminds us to cleanse our minds and attain the state of purity. Pilgrims pour this holy water over the Buddha statue.

  • Young monks resting on the floor

    A group of monk boys relax after meal at the floor near the Shwedagon platform. During our visits at day and at the evening we saw strikingly many young boys as monks around the grand pagoda, most of them doing meditation in a shrine.


  • Life at Daw Ngwe Zin’s Hall

    Near the Tazaung of the Eastern Stairway is the Daw Ngwe Zin’s Hall. In this Tazaung, there are a number of Buddha images including reclining Buddha and a crowned Buddha known as Labhamuni (Sage of Acquisition). One interesting article in this Tazaung is…

  • Victory Ground at Shwedagon

    Just in front of this great hall is the famous Victory Ground. This is one of the most sacred places in Shwedagon. The place is always packed with people who pray and wish for the success, of any kind. Traditionally, this is the ground where kings, prince…

  • Group of monks at Shwedagon

    Monks, collectively known as the Sangha, are venerated members of Burmese society. Among many ethnic groups in Myanmar Theravada Buddhism is practiced in conjunction with nat worship, which involves the placation of spirits who can intercede in worldly af…


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