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The authentic burmesian world

Once upon a time there was this mysterious and forbidden land in the east. A land where no man from outside countries where allowed to explore. The land of Buddhas, pagodas, and munks, where the people where controlled by the the strictly harsh goverment keeping an eye on every move. To make sure no rules where broken and if they where you would pay for it with your own life.

Borrowed from www.unpo.org

Picture above Borrowed from http://www.unpo.org.

Luckily this is shifting an the boarders are now open. In 2012 1.million foreginers visited Burma, in 2013, 2 millions and in 2014 aprox 3.millions and still raising. By other words go before it`s to late and before it is touristified like the rest of Asia.

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The people living there are very nice to tourist and they are always on alert to help or serve you. We did not see nor experience any kind of criminality or unpleasent behaviour.

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As you can see in this video the children was very happy if they got your attention.

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For faa aar siden var det utenkelig aa kunne ra til Burma. Landet som har et massivt utvalg av Buddhaer, pagodaer og munker. Landet har vaert strengt regulert av sterk kommunisme blant landets ledere  og den millitante juntaen.  Etter landet aapnet for innsyn for turister har antall besokende gaatt fra 1.million i 2012 til forventet 3.milioner i 2014.

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Vi verken saa eller opplevde noe kriminellt  noe gang . Og alle var veldig opptatt av aa hjelpe deg om man stod fast. Spesiellt barna elsket aa faa litt oppmerksomhet,15 sekunder i rampelyset om du vil.

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Yangon is also the home of one of the worlds largest Buddhas, made it impossible to film it in one picture.

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Zootime in Yangon – Myanmar

” Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” Anatole France.                                                                                 Yangon has this huge zoo, definitly worth a visit if you are a animal lover like I am;-) Giving you just a glance of it, enjoy!:-).

From Bagan to Mandalay by boat

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared” Buddha.                                                                                                                  imageInstead of going with bus or plane we went by boat from Bagan to Mandalay. By choosing this option you will be able to see the life along the riverbed. BUT! Be prepared to be patient, our boattrip supposed to last for 10 hours, became 14;-) This is because the water is so shallow and twice we got stuck in the ground.                                      image http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOpPHKYcto8.                                        image Norwegian: Istedet for å ta fly eller buss som er mest vanlig til neste destinasjon tok vi båt. Det ga en fin mulighet til å se livet langs elvebredden og livet til de som har levebrødet sitt i nettopp elven. Men! Vær forberedt på å bli forsinka. Vi kom fram 4 timer seinere enn det som var beregnet, en tur på 14.timer. Dette er fordi det er så grundt noen steder og vi satt fast 2 ganger.

Yangon – Every Buddhas Home – Myanmar

“Then, a golden mystery upheaved itself on the horizon – a beautiful, winking wonder that blazed in the sun, of a shape that was neither Muslim dome nor Hindu temple spire. It stood upon a green knoll…”There’s the old Shway Dagon”, said my companion…The golden dome said, “This is Burma and it will be quite unlike any land you know about.”                                             Rudyard Kipling

Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda

Quickly summarized this metropolis has a population of 5 millions. It also used to be the capital. This city welcomes you with a mixture of strange smells coming from all the tearooms and hot food stalls which is on every corner. imageThe massive Shwedagon Pagoda it’s the spiritual heart of Burma itself. The pagoda is 98meters high and the amount of gold is 60 tonnes. It’s stupa (the top) is also decorated with impressive 7000 diamonds. But this is not all! The area is huge and I’ve never seen so many Buddhas in my entire life. It’s like walking around in this Big Gold City and you get impressed over and over again:-)                                                 

One of the four entrance
One of the four entrance

imageimageWe went up to see this place in daylight but got back in the night. So much better later on, better pictures, and more beautiful in a way.  imageimage                                          imageimage    Norwegian: Kommer så fort som mulig!

Bagan by bike – Myanmar

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become”                                                         Buddha.                                                                                                                           Bagan consists of Pagoda heaven, nowhere else in the world will you find this density of sacred buildings in one single setting. It’s approximately 2230 Pagodas here.                                                                                                             –                                                                                                                                                 We rented e-bikes because of the easyness getting around with it. (Or you can use regular bike if you prefer that.) This is a great way to explore the city at your own pace. As you can see by the picture, this is the place to go for a airballoon ride. Every morning around sunset you can see this sight.

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20140112-022049.jpgThe most famous Pagoda in Bagan is Shwezigon, inside it’s 4 large 10.meter high gold Buddhas.

Munk
Munk

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We also drove as far away for the city as possible into Nyuang. Here in this poor area we met a welcoming family, who invited us in for lunch. The lunch was consisting of boiled peanuts and beans. It tasted surprisingly good.:-) I asked what the average salary was for one day, and if you were lucky you might get up to 3000khat. (Aprox:3.dollars or 18nkr.).           imageimage                                       Norwegian: Byen i midt Burma er kjent for sine pagodaer. Og det er over 2000 av de her. Ingen andre steder i verden finner du så mange og så stor tetthet av hellige bygninger på et sted. Inne den mest kjente i denne byen, Shwezigon pagodaen er det 4 kjempe Buddhaer i gull på over 10.meter.

Love this floor inside the pagoda.
Love this floor inside the pagoda.

image                             Vi kjørte også så langt vi kunne komme fra hovedbyen til Nyuang som er den fattige delen av Bagan. Her ble vi bedt på lunch hos en svært vennligsinned familie (og også ganske nysgjerrige.) hvor vi fikk kokte peanøtter og bønner. En smart måte å få i seg nok kalorier på.:-) De fortalte at gjennomsnittslønnen var ca 18kr dagen om man var heldig.imageimage

Scooter time:-)
Scooter time:-)