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Discover hereunder Myanmar (Burma) with more than 200 pictures from the main tourist destinations in lower Burma (Yangon, Delta, Bago and the Golden Rock), Upper Burma (Mandalay, Mingun, Sagaing, Amarapura, Ava, Bagan, Mount Popa and Pyin Oo Lwin), Inle Lake, as well as pictures from the beaches of Ngapali (Rakhine State). The photo galleries contain also pictures from the Burmese, the ethnic groups, Burmese handicrafts and various markets throughout the country.

1. Lower Burma.

In Yangon (Rangoon), the main attractions include the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, the Reclining Buddha of the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, and many downtown sights such as the Sule pagoda, the colonial buildings, the surroundings of the Mahabandoola gardens, the Scott Market or, at night, Chinatown.

To the northeast of Yangon, the major place of interest that too many hurried tourists often neglect to visit is the wonderful site of the Golden Rock Pagoda. The British military cemetery of the Second World War in Taukkyan as well as the city of Bago (Pegu) with its remarkable pagodas and its market are located on the road from Yangon to the Golden Rock.

To the south of Yangon, there is the immense and fertile Delta. From Yangon, the nearest towns in the Delta are Twante, famous for its traditional pottery, on the western side, and Thanlyin (the ancient port of Syriam) and Kyauktan with its picturesque pagoda on the eastern side.

The Shwedagon Pagoda, the Golden Rock, and the Pagoda in Kyauktan are three important Buddhist pilgrimage destinations. 

Yangon (Shwedagon)

Yangon (Shwedagon)

Yangon (Sule and Chaukhtatgyi)

Yangon (downtown)

Yangon (colonial buildings)

Yangon (Scott Market)

Yangon (Karaweik)


   -- Park, street, and river

-- The Pagodas

Delta (Twante)

Delta (Twante)

Delta (rubber)

Thanlyin and Kyauktan


Bago (contd.)

Golden Rock

Golden Rock (contd.)

2. Burmese handicrafts.

Burmese craftsmen and craftswomen are renowned for their know-how. They are specialized in making lacquerware and kalagas, marble sculpting, goldbeating, and many more. Apart from oil and natural gas, the country's economy benefits from two major natural resources: teak and gemstones.

Handicrafts (1)

Handicrafts (2)

Handicrafts (3)


3. Upper Burma.

Bagan (formerly Pagan), the capital of the first great Burmese Kingdom, is located in Upper Burma. It is now a vast archaeological site which has been compared to that of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. In Upper Burma, you visit also the ancient Burmese capitals that followed Bagan: Ava, Amarapura, and the last royal capital, Mandalay, which remains the cultural capital of the country.

Other great tourist destinations in Upper Burma include the sacred Sagaing Hill (Buddhist center in Myanmar), Pyin Oo Lwin (the hill station that the British developed north of Mandalay and that is home to the national botanic gardens), and the famous Mount Popa (a volcanic plug where nats - the Burmese good spirits - took refuge).

Mandalay (1)

Mandalay (2)

Mandalay (3)

Mandalay (4)

Mandalay (5)


Sagaing (1)

Sagaing (2)

Sagaing (3)

Pyin Oo Lwin

Pyin Oo Lwin
Botanic Gardens

Bagan (1)

Bagan (2)

  More pictures from Bagan

   -- Bagan (3)

   -- Bagan (4)

Bagan - Sunset

Mount Popa


4. Inle Lake in Central Myanmar. 

Inle Lake is the second largest freshwater lake in Myanmar after Indawgyi Lake. It is located in Shan State in central-eastern Myanmar. With its natural features (villages on stilts and floating gardens), its religious heritage (including several famous Buddhist temples and festivals) and colorful markets, Inle Lake has become a major tourist destination in Myanmar. Pictures of local fishermen and their one leg rowing style have been posted in magazines of the whole world.

Inle Lake (fishing and farming)

Inle Lake (markets)

Inle Lake (handicrafts)

Inle Lake (villages)

Inle Lake (Phaung Daw Oo)

Inle Lake (Kyaung Nga Hpe)

Inle Lake (Inthein)

5. Population and everyday life in Myanmar.

With a population of 55 million, Myanmar is one of the 25 most populous countries in the world. Two-thirds of the population consist of Bamar (Burmese). The remaining third is composed of 130 ethnic minorities. Among them, seven ethnic groups are the most important minorities. Myanmar is divided into seven States and seven Regions. The Bamar are mostly settled in the 7 Regions while the seven main ethnic minorities live predominantly in the 7 States.

The population of Myanmar is mainly Buddhist (80%). Christians (mostly Protestants) and Muslims are minorities of 7% and 5%, respectively.

Using Thanaka as makeup is very common in Myanmar. Chinlone is the national sport.

Ethnic groups


Everyday life


6. The beaches in Ngapali, west coast (Bay of Bengal) of Myanmar.

Myanmar is a country with a rich cultural heritage and friendly people. Myanmar also offers relaxing seaside holidays on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. After visiting this large country, foreign tourists enjoy resting at Ngapali. Ngapali is a quiet beach resort situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. Ngapali has a beautiful tropical sandy beach that stretches for about 3 km. The region is also home to busy fishing villages.

Ngapali (beaches)

Ngapali (fishing)

Ngapali (games)

Ngapali (more)


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