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  1. Thousands Buddhas in Pindaya cave

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    My love and me just returned from travelling Myanmar. It is mystical, deeply Buddhist, and scattered with Buddha statues. So it comes as no surprise that one of the most astonishing places in the country has just that: Pindaya Cave, in a mountain near Inle Lake. It is home to...
  2. Ethnic minorities of Burma: The Pa-O

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    You won’t stay long in western Shan State without coming across the ubiquitous Pa-O people, who are the second largest ethnic group in Shan State, after of course the Shan themselves. Their homeland tends to correspond with the most visited part of Shan State, the Kalaw, Pindaya and Inle lake region,...
  3. Ethnic minorities of Burma: The Akhu

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    A proposed visit to a village of the Akhu minority near Kengtung caused a bit of confusion to begin with. “Yes, we know the Akha, we’ve seen lots of their villages in Thailand and Laos. They’re famous for selling wooden frogs on Khao San Road.” Guide: “No, no — Akhu not...
  4. On the trail in Kalaw

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    Saturday, March 29, 2014 Week 3 of two months… Country one of four… In the scorched hills of Myanmar’s Shan State, I am in route from the small hill station of Kalaw to Inle Lake. I am on foot. I’ve opted to walk for two days amid the scenic hills...
  5. Golden Rock under the rain

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    Last Sunday it took us 3 ½ hours by car to return from our two days’ excursion we organised with a friend to visit Golden Rock (or the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda) in Mon State. This place is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhist people. Another such significant place in Myanmar is...
  6. Free as a bird

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    Have you ever seen a caged bird set free? How about three caged birds set free by a child? It was one of the most powerful life moments I’ve experienced. Watching a little girl in my neighborhood set caged birds free. Setting birds free is a custom in Myanmar. I’ve...
  7. Becoming part of the family in Yangon

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    Something truly magical is happening. I started playing badminton with a boy in my neighborhood last weekend. Now nearly a dozen children have joined us, and I’ve met several of my neighbors as a result. My community really seems to be opening up to the idea of having a few...
  8. Twante village visit

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    19. July the Myanmar people commemorated Martyrs’ Day, the day General Aung San and other ministers were assassinated. This happened in 1947, the year Burma gained independence from Britain, a process in which the General was deeply involved. His daughter, Aung San Suu Kyi, was 2 years old at that...

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Authors of photos in slideshow: Karen Human Rights Group (landmine, children, porter), Zero X, juandesant, icons by Babasse.

 

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