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Myanmar Tourism’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Feels Strains of Growth

By , posted on: May 29, 2014
With several dozen A4-sized paintings weighed down with stones on the cobbled forecourt of the Shwegu Gyi pagoda, artist U Aung Aung offers visitors to the shrine an affordable souvenir of their visit—a commissioned painting of the temple for a fee of 10,000 kyat or less. He and brother U SoeLwin run an impromptu gallery and art shop outside one of the bigger temples making up Bagan’s panoply of around 2,500 mostly red- and brown-bricked pagodas—a renowned tourist draw pulling […] » read more



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