Kapoors Year 9A: Paris/Sicily/Myanmar/Nepal travel blog

Early Morning Saw Us In The Handicraft Market Of Central Yangon, Making...

We Were Taken To A Business That Sells Buddha Statues, This One...

And Behind It, Take Your Pick, A Room Chock-A-Bloc With White Marble...

There Was Only One With Pink Lips Among The Hundreds With Scarlet...

I Gravitate To The Ones With The Upturned Faces

We Moved On To An Area Producing Papier Maché Animals

Add A Little Colour, There's Clearly Lots To Choose From

And Voilá You Have Something Much More Appealing, Add A Little Golf...

We Wandered Throughout The Massive Bogyoke Market But Didn't Buy Anything To...

Here You See The Workers Applying A Coat Of Red Paint As...

Now The Thin Layers Of Gold Leaf, Yes Real Gold, Is Applied...

This Elaborate Carving Is Done In This Way, See How The Red...

However, Most Of The Items For Sale Were Far Less Attractive To...

After Visiting The Shwedagon Pagoda Again, It Was Time To Walk Through...

After Years Of Neglect The Old British-Era Buildings Are Getting A Facelift...

The Wind Was Not Cooperating As I Tried To Get A Photo...

Here's Another Typical Colonial Building, You See Others Like This One In...

I Was Surprised To Learn That President Obama Visited Myanmar A Few...

He Was The First American President To Visit The Former Burma, Looks...

Quite The Opposite Though, He Was Given Rock-Star Status When He Met...

Looking Across The Wide Green Open Space We Could See The Beautiful...

To Our Surprise, We Were Taken To The Ferry Terminal In Order...

The Local Passengers Were As Interested In Us As We Were In...

The Breeze On The River Was So Very Refreshing After The Cloying...

The Burmese People Use A Yellow Paste Which Aside From Acting As...

The Area Known As Dala On The Opposite Bank Is Almost Rural...

Dozens Of Cycle Rickshaws Were Waiting On The Opposite Bank To Carry...

This Buddhist Monk Was One Of The First People Loaded, He's Made...

This Man Has Come To Transport Two Boys Who Must Go Across...

I Loved This Wide Brimmed Hat, It Shades The Man's Shoulders As...

Once Derek Finished With The Bargaining, We Were Loaded In Our Own...

Derek Kindly Took Some Photos Using My Camera, These Were Too Incredible...

It Looks Like There Was A Lot Of Interest In The Recent...

This Grandmother Proudly Held Up Her Grandson For A Photo, You Mostly...

We Spent About An Hour On Our Rickshaw Tour, Stopping In To...

We Were Also Able To See Rice Wraps Being Made At Another...

After A Short Rest Derek Took Us To The Karawiek Palace, A...

These Two Smartly-Dressed People Greeted Guests As They Arrived For Dinner

I Had A Laugh When I Saw This Puppet Outside The Men's...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s some of what the Smiling Albino’s – Myanmar – All That Glitters, Asia’s Golden Land Brochure – 2014 has to say about Yangon and the Shwedagon Pagoda:

“After a Burmese breakfast, we’ll head off to explore the most important religious pilgrimage site in the country: Shwedagon Pagoda. Visible from almost anywhere in the Yangon, it was built more than 2,500 years ago when the city was a small riverside village. Today we’ll explore what’s behind the golden façade of the Golden Pagoda, while learning the history of the pagoda itself. We’ll also search into the deeper insight of the Buddhist religion and how local spiritual belief is mixed with the belief in nats – the Myanmar spirits.

Our intriguing morning starts from the bottom of the hill and passing through workshops, markets and monasteries. With a deeper understanding of this special country, we’ll be well prepared for the rest of our journey!

Next let’s calm our hunger spirits with a local lunch, then spend the

afternoon exploring downtown on foot with its extensive presence of colonial architecture and heritage buildings.”

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

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