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FACES OF MYANMAR

FEATURE Nº8

PORTRAITS OF A COUNTRY AWAKENING TO TOURISM IN 2017 

 Bagan - Mandalay - Loikaw - Taungoo - Yangon

 By Eszter Papp &
Fraser Morton

 A little girl dressed in celebratory dress rides a buffalo with her family to the village temple. We managed to get an invite to a shinbyu ceremony, the initiation for young children entering monkhood. In Myanmar children as young as 18 months take part, and today the whole village turned out to mark the occasion, located down a dusty path in farmlands about 20 kilometres outside Bagan. 

A little girl dressed in celebratory dress rides a buffalo with her family to the village temple. We managed to get an invite to a shinbyu ceremony, the initiation for young children entering monkhood. In Myanmar children as young as 18 months take part, and today the whole village turned out to mark the occasion, located down a dusty path in farmlands about 20 kilometres outside Bagan. 

 We met her at the Mandalay Jade Market. She asked us where we were from. She liked our T-shirt, we liked her smile. 

We met her at the Mandalay Jade Market. She asked us where we were from. She liked our T-shirt, we liked her smile. 

 He was helping his mother wrap beetle nut quids at the Mandalay Jade Market. He told us he liked this photo of himself the best.  

He was helping his mother wrap beetle nut quids at the Mandalay Jade Market. He told us he liked this photo of himself the best.  

 Burmese women ride atop a truck on the outskirts of Loikaw after a hard day's work laying a new road. 

Burmese women ride atop a truck on the outskirts of Loikaw after a hard day's work laying a new road. 

 We met her on Kyauk Sit Tan, Mandalay's famed stone carving district. She was collecting donations for the nunnery.

We met her on Kyauk Sit Tan, Mandalay's famed stone carving district. She was collecting donations for the nunnery.

 We saw children wearing these little hats in Mandalay, Yangon and Bagan. 

We saw children wearing these little hats in Mandalay, Yangon and Bagan. 

 Loikaw 

Loikaw 

 Bagan 

Bagan 

 The longneck grandmothers of Loikaw. 

The longneck grandmothers of Loikaw. 

 Future of Myanmar. Dalat Ferry, Yangon. 

Future of Myanmar. Dalat Ferry, Yangon. 

 Attitude. Dalat Ferry, Yangon. 

Attitude. Dalat Ferry, Yangon. 

 Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar. 

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar. 

 Shwe Hile village on the outskirts of Bagan. 

Shwe Hile village on the outskirts of Bagan. 

 Bago Snake Temple 

Bago Snake Temple 

 Boys about to take part in shinbyu, a ceremony to enter the monkhood, in Shwe Hile village.

Boys about to take part in shinbyu, a ceremony to enter the monkhood, in Shwe Hile village.

Faces of Myanmar by Far Features | Far Features media production company | Portraits of Burma
Faces of Myanmar by Far Features | Far Features media production company | Portraits of Burma
 Mandalay at dusk down by the U Bein Bridge. 

Mandalay at dusk down by the U Bein Bridge. 

 She asked to take our photograph with her friends while we were taking in the view at a dam just outside Loikaw. They were dressed in traditional tribal wear from the various states of Myanmar. They were on their way to a festival of diversity, she said. He friends wanted to take our photo. Of course, we had to oblige. 

She asked to take our photograph with her friends while we were taking in the view at a dam just outside Loikaw. They were dressed in traditional tribal wear from the various states of Myanmar. They were on their way to a festival of diversity, she said. He friends wanted to take our photo. Of course, we had to oblige. 

 A very happy sister and brother duo outside of their e-bike rental store in Bagan. 

A very happy sister and brother duo outside of their e-bike rental store in Bagan. 

 Shinbyu ceremony, Shwe Hile village. 

Shinbyu ceremony, Shwe Hile village. 

 Entering the monkhood. 

Entering the monkhood. 

 On his way to have his head shaved and enter the monkhood. Shwe Hile village. 

On his way to have his head shaved and enter the monkhood. Shwe Hile village. 

 Little nuns walk around the Mandalay Jade Market asking for donations. 

Little nuns walk around the Mandalay Jade Market asking for donations. 

 Sharing is caring. Lunch for the nuns at the Mandalay Jade Market. 

Sharing is caring. Lunch for the nuns at the Mandalay Jade Market. 

 Watching his friends ride past on buffaloes at a shinbyu ceremony in Shwe Hile village. 

Watching his friends ride past on buffaloes at a shinbyu ceremony in Shwe Hile village. 

 Women do the bulk of the manual labour in the village of Pan San, Loi Kaw, including cotton farming, which the longneck tribeswomen the village is known for use to make their handicrafts, scarves and clothes. 

Women do the bulk of the manual labour in the village of Pan San, Loi Kaw, including cotton farming, which the longneck tribeswomen the village is known for use to make their handicrafts, scarves and clothes. 

 Child stone carver, Mandalay. 

Child stone carver, Mandalay. 

 Covered in stone dust, Mandalay. 

Covered in stone dust, Mandalay. 

 The morning balloons about to take flight over Bagan. 

The morning balloons about to take flight over Bagan. 

 A Chinese buyer inspects the quality of Jade from a Burmese supplier at the Mandalay Jade Market. 

A Chinese buyer inspects the quality of Jade from a Burmese supplier at the Mandalay Jade Market. 

 At an abondoned theme park in Yangon, a man watches his friends play chinlone. 

At an abondoned theme park in Yangon, a man watches his friends play chinlone. 

 Little monks take a stroll in the park. Yangon. 

Little monks take a stroll in the park. Yangon. 

 A lovely lady in Bagan. 

A lovely lady in Bagan. 

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