Rangoon and Mandalay

The governing regime has changed the name from "Rangoon" to "Yangon," along with "Burma" to "Myanmar." The Burmese script is unique to Burma.

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46 mm 1/200 f4.5

Though large cities are rare in Burma, Rangoon looks like many others in Asia. Population of Rangoon is 4.3 milion, which is 10% of the country.

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5.40625 mm 1/160 f7.2

The Irrawaddy River is the national commercial highway which is probably why Rangoon and Mandalay were founded on its banks.

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5.40625 mm 1/500 f7.2

The Shwedagon Pagoda, located in the center of Rangoon, is the religious soul of Burma and the landmark of the city. A huge complex, the site includes 14 acres and dozens of pagodas, temples, and shrines.

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35 mm 1/320 f4.5

Eight shrines surrounding the main pagoda represent the eight days of the Burmese week. Individuals make offerings and anoint the statue at the fountain representing the actual weekday of their birth. Here Eli participates.

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105 mm 1/90 f5.3

As required in all temples and pagodas in Burma, we traversed the grounds in bare feet and were in awe of the elaborate decorations.

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24 mm 1/250 f4.5

Images of Buddha everywhere...

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32 mm 1/160 f4.5

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300 mm 1/1250 f4.5