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Shopping at the China Pavilion at Epcot

So like Mexico and Norway previously, the China Pavilion at Epcot also has extensive shopping opportunities.  Note this will be a common theme as we move through the World Showcase.  Its Disney, they will part you from your money (or do their best to do so). So what kinds of items can you buy here … Continue reading

Sunset over Bagan, Myanmar (part 3)

The sun finally set and with this comes the end of my blog posts about Myanmar (… probably 😉 ). I hope you have enjoyed seeing these photos, and if you ever get a chance, please do go to Myanmar, its a wonderful place to visit! To see more about our visit to Myanmar, click … Continue reading

Sunset over Bagan, Myanmar (part 2)

The sun was dropping behind the horizon, and as we stood at the top of our stupa we could see the spires of the distant stupas in the distance.   The reds and golds of the sunset glowed against the red brick of the stupas and they were even more beautiful. This for me was … Continue reading

Sunset over Bagan, Myanmar (part 1)

I think its fitting for the last few posts on our trip to Myanmar to be of our sunset visit to a stupa.  I confess I don’t know which stupa we were taken to.  Whichever one it was, had an amazing view from the upper tier over the plain of Bagan, with the thousands of … Continue reading

Pagodas and Temples – Bagan, Myanmar (part 4)

So we come to the end of our wander around these smaller stupas in Bagan. For me, this was the highlight of our visit to Myanmar and if I ever return to Bagan, I’ll be heading off to explore more of these stupas.  I’ll let the hoards check out the larger temples such as Shwezigon Pagoda, Htilominlo Temple and Ananda Temple, … Continue reading

Pagodas and Temples – Bagan, Myanmar (part 3)

These smaller stupas in Bagan, I found particularly charming after visiting the larger temples of Shwezigon Pagoda, Htilominlo Temple and Ananda Temple.  While they were beautiful, there was something special about the smaller ones.  Particularly since we were the only ones around and most tourists would never see these. There was no path way around or between them, no … Continue reading

Pagodas and Temples – Bagan, Myanmar (part 2)

Escaping from our tour group one afternoon in Bagan, we intrepid explorers wandered across the grassy scrubland to some of the smaller stupas near our hotel. After visiting the larger temples of Shwezigon Pagoda, Htilominlo Temple and Ananda Temple, I was keen to explore some of the smaller stupas scattered around Bagan.  No so much frequented by tourists, many had offerings … Continue reading

Pagodas and Temples – Bagan, Myanmar (part 1)

After visiting the larger temples of Shwezigon Pagoda, Htilominlo Temple and Ananda Temple, I was keen to explore some of the smaller stupas scattered around Bagan.  And we literally only had to walk a few paces from our hotel to do so.  We felt like intrepid explorers as we left the road and wandered across the grassy scrubland to … Continue reading

Shwezigon Pagoda – Bagan, Myanmar

Shwezigon Pagoda or ရွှေစည်းခုံဘုရား as its known in the Myanmar language was the last of the 3 larger temples and pagoda’s we visited in Bagan. Built in 1076 by King Anawrahta, a recent convert to Theravada Buddhism, Shwezigon was built to enshrine a number of Buddha relics including a replica of the Buddha tooth from … Continue reading

Htilominlo Temple – Bagan, Myanmar

ထီးလိုမင်းလိုဘုရား or Htilominlo Temple was another of the larger temples we visited in Bagan.  Built by King Nantaungmya in 1218AD, the temple is known to be the last Myanmar Style temple built in Bagan.  The temple is three stories tall and built with red brick. It is known for its elaborate plaster moldings.  Like Ananda Temple, there … Continue reading

Ananda Temple – Bagan, Myanmar

And finally we reach Bagan, which was one of my bucket list locations.   I wcouldn’t wait to see the thousands of stupas scattered across the landscape.  And while I hate to give away spoilers, it didn’t disappoint! Although I was most looking forward to seeing the smaller stupas on-mass, we also visited some of the … Continue reading

Nga Phe Chang Monastery – Jumping Cat Monastery – Inle Lake, Myanmar

Nga Phe Chaung is a wooden monastery built on stilts and the oldest & largest one in Inle Lake.  Approxmately 200 years old, it’s also known as the Jumping Cat Monastery.   In previous years the monks there trained a few cats to leap through small hoops.  However, after the death of the head monk, the … Continue reading

School near Shwe Inn Tain – Inle Lake, Myanmar

One of the things we did while visiting the area near Shwe Inn Tain was to visit a local school at a village.  The tour company we were travelling with supports the local school with donations and technology.  The school was a very basic setup.  Just 3 or 4 class rooms and the short visit by … Continue reading

Shwe Inn Tain Monastery – Inle Lake, Myanmar

Just near the market, a short distance from the main Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda complex (which will be coming up shortly in a future post) is the Shwe Inn Tain Monastery. This handful of crumbling ruins provides a stark contrast to the bustling produce market across the road. Unfortunately I don’t know anything about the the history of … Continue reading

Mount Popa near Bagan, Myanmar

About 50kms from Bagan is Mount Popa.  At the top of a flight of 777 stairs (no I didn’t count them) is a monastery at the summit of Taung Kalatt.  This is a popular pilgrimage site as its considered the home of the most powerful Nats (spirits) and also has religious relics. You need to give … Continue reading

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