Home

 

News

Overview

Diary

Statistics

In Deutsch

 

MAIL

 

Pictures of our Myanmar (Burma) trip - without our vehicle in December 26th, 2016, to January 22nd, 2017
 
- Part 1 – Yangon (Rangoon) - 'Golden Rock' of Kyaiktiyo
 
past:
Thai 'Visa-Run' to Kawthoung in Myanmar on April 6th, 2006
before:
Ukraine – from Russia border at Kyaterinіvka to port city Odessa (29th container to Bintulu/Sarawak/East Malaysia)
Russia – from Kazakhstan (at Mikhaylovka) to Mongolia (at Tashanta) and Ukraine border at Krupets August 21st to November 11th, 2016
Kazakhstan –  from Kyrgyzstan border at Korday to Russia border at Shemonaika – August 9th to 21st, 2016
Kyrgyzstan from Tajikistan border in Pamir to Kazakhstan border at Karkara June 27th to July xxth, 2016
Tajikistan Part 2 from Dushanbe to the Kyrgyzstan border June 19th to 27th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 1 from Uzbekistan border to Dushanbe May 31st to June 18th, 2016
Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan border in Dashoguz to Tajikistan border near Oybeck May 10th to 31st, 2016
Turkmenistan from Iran border at Bajgiran to Uzbekistan border near Khiva May 6th to 10th, 2016
Iran from the ferry port Bandar Abbas to Turkmenistan border near Ashgabat April 11th to May 6th, 2016
United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia border to Sharjah and the ferry to Iran January 12th to April 10th, 2016
Saudi Arabia from the ferry port Jeddah in transit to United Arab Emirates border January 9th to 12th, 2016
Sudan – from Ethiopia border to Suakin and the ferry to Saudi Arabia December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
afterwards:
Myanmar (Burma) Part 2 – from Bago (Pegu) to Shwenyaung at Inle Lake
Myanmar (Burma) Part 3 – from Nyaungshwe at Inle Lake to Mandalay and Goteik viaduct
Myanmar (Burma) Part 4 – from Mandalay to Bagan by ship and back to Yangon (Rangoon)
3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ601982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from February 6th to May 3rd, 2017
 
 
Myanmar Map
 
 
            Map of Southeast Asia
 
latest picture: January 4, 2017
  • click a picture to see details

 
 
 
 
 
 
001
002
003
26.12.2016: The splendid cloud formation and the lovely sunset on our 2½-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia
to Yangon/Myanmar with AirAsia’s Airbus A320 put us in pleasant anticipation for “The Land of a Thousand Pagodas”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
004  The flag of Myanmar, changed 2010
together with the formerly name Birma –
the country sandwiched between Bangladesh,
India, China, Laos and Thailand
005  No surprise: Also in this since indepen-
dence in 1948 politically isolated country
Swiss watches are known – do they really
originate from Switzerland?
006  The watermelon vendor stationed
herself near one of the entrances to the
Shwedagon Pagoda, where visitors come
in flocks. Drones however are prohibited!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
007  The City Hall of Yangon
(formerly Rangoon) gleams in it
 immaculate white facade. Construction
began 1926 and ended 1936
008  The 157 ft. [48m] tall obelisk
commemorates the independence from the British
on 1/4/1948 and replaced then a statue of Queen
Victoria. The monument is located in the center of
the “Maha Bandula Park“ in downtown Yangon
009  The ‘High Court’ Building
is an iconic colonial-era building,
built from 1905 to 1911 in ‘Queen
Anne Style’ from the begin of 1700
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
010  View from “Maha Bandula Park“
towards downtown Yangon with the
golden stupa of the Sule Pagoda that
is older than the Shwedagon Pagoda
011  The ‘Immanuel Babtist Church’
is also one of the attractive sights at the
“Maha Bandula Park“ in downtown Yangon
012  The Sule Pagoda with its 144 ft. [44m]
tall golden stupa is rising out of the very heart of
downtown Yangon, once known as Rangoon.
Though simpler than the Shwedagon Pagoda
it is a religious and historical landmark too
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
013  Old downtown street (38th Street –
off the ‘Punja, Shia Jamay Mosque’) in
central Yangon with decaying, colonial
buildings from “the good old days” …..
014  ….. and a clutter of
hanging cables and wires
015  The Strand Hotel in Yangon, opened 1901
in Victorian style, but renovated in 1993, dates
back to the British colonial area. Today it is the
place for the rich and famous. On our short visit
back in December 1975 it was in need of
renovation and we were the only guests
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
016  The newspaper vendor in Yangon’s
downtown has enough reading material
017  Always a refreshing sight: Carefully
piled up grapes, oranges and apples
are waiting to be sold
018  At a roadside stall a boy is preparing
betel nut parcels. Thereby areca nuts and
tobacco are mixed and wrapped in a leaf
pasted with slaked lime. Chewing has an
intoxicating effect and is popular in Myanmar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
019  Brother and sister with the “Myanmar
make-up”, called ‘thanakha’. It is used as
moisturizer and sun cream and is made from
the ground bark of the ‘thanakha’ tree
020  A lovely little girl is posing for
a photo at the “Maha Bandula Park”
021  Never too young to become
a Buddhist monk (Bhikkhu)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
022  The current Yangon Central Railway
Station is designed in traditional Burmese
architectural style. It was completed
in this form in 1954 …..
023  ….. the rail network covers 3‘357 miles
[5‘403km], is in meter gauge, quite old and
(therefore) also pretty “bumpy” and slow, but
offers in return a “nostalgic feeling” …..
024  ….. the big waiting hall still spreads
a nostalgic touch. First built in 1877, the
station was destroyed in 1943 and its
reconstruction completed in 1954
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
025  The Shwedagon Pagoda – Myanmar’s
greatest temple and one of the world’s most
majestic Buddha monuments – is almost
visible from anywhere in Yangon …..
026  ….. it stands on the 190 ft. [58m]
high Singuttara hill; the main stupa is
325 ft. [99m] tall and is said to be covered
by 29.8t [27’000kg] of gold and carries on the
top 5’448 diamonds and 2’317 rubies .....
027  ….. and is spreading and growing
according to legend since 2’500 years over
a platform of over 13.8 acres [56'000m²]
(proof of first existence 1485). It’s said
to contain eight hairs of Buddha
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
028
029
030
From the very moment we step into this religious Buddhist site, we are surrounded and captivated by its unimaginable beauty.
For Myanmar Buddhists the Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred of all Buddhist sites in the country.
They hope to be able to visit it at least once in their life
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
031
032
033
There are numerous Buddha deities, where locals remain a moment in prayer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
034  The reclining Buddha image in
a prayer hall of the Shwedagon
Pagoda is 25 ft. [8m] long
035  Especially impressive at this
altar is the multitude of Buddha
images, wrapped in festive robes
036  One more altar of a gold
gleaming Buddha with his followers
in one of the Shwedagon temples
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
037  A Burmese Buddhist monk in prayer
038  These images of Buddha in the
‘Hall of Great Prosperity’ are sticking
out with its beautiful golden drapery
039  The Shwedagon Pagoda has a shrine
for each astrological sign. During the prayer
at their sign, a family is pouring water onto a
Buddha figure which promises good luck
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
040  Circling the Shwedagon Pagoda
we are carried into a magical world
of temples and pavilions
041  One of the heavy bells that invite
especially children to a stroke of the gong
042  The “street“ to the great golden
main stupa is dotted with shrines,
prayer and meditation halls
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
043  At every corner smaller stupas
emerge. The main stupa is said to
be surrounded by 64 “Zedis”
044  One of the richly decorated
prayer halls. The columns of this
hall are an artwork at its finest
045  The embodiment of Buddha images at
the Shwedagon Pagoda is strikingly diverse.
Here in front of a richly elaborated copper wall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
046  The showpiece of the Shwedagon
Pagoda complex is the brightly glittering main
dome, nearly wholly gold-plated. It rises 325 ft.
[99m] with a gem studded spire set on the top.
Legend has it that it is 2’500 years old
047  Worshipper are absorbed in prayer
048  The Shwedagon Pagoda is not just
one sole huge glowing stupa. Surrounding
it are smaller stupas, statues, temples,
shrines and Buddha images
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
049  “Chinthe” (leogryphs), the half-lion -
half-dragon guardians at the northern end of
the Shwedagon Pagoda reflect in the water
050  There is a magic beauty surrounding
this holy place. According to Burmese
tradition, each king offered money for
new structures and its gilding
051  A remembrance picture in front of
the 325 ft. [99m] tall stupa (bell-shaped
monument) of the Shwedagon Pagoda
at the New Year's Eve 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
052  An incredible richness of stupas
and pavilions in white and gold on the
terrace of the Shwedagon Pagoda
053  The main stupa enshrines relics of the
four previous Buddhas as well as the eight
sacred hair relics of the most recent Buddha
054  A Burmese monk kneels in prayer
at an alter with impressing Buddha images
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
055  An incredibly peaceful atmosphere is
spreading over the Shwedagon Pagoda when
many burning candles illuminate the night
056  While Buddha images are mostly
clad in simple monk‘s robes, this one
is entirely wrapped in „gold“
057  The golden splendor over the
Shwedagon Pagoda intensifies
as the night sets in
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
058  Nobody goes hungry at Mingalar
bus station in Yangon, northeast of the
airport. People are eating before their
long distance bus journey …..
059  ….. Skewers with all kind
of indefinable stuff are part of the food
060  ….. and for quenching the thirst
there are plenty of different soft drinks
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
061  Our comfortable long-distance bus
that takes us in four hours for US$3.35 pp
from Yangon via Bago to Kinpun, the point
of departure to the “Golden Rock“ that is
an important Buddhist pilgrimage site
062  Emil is enjoying a conversation
in the bus with a French couple
with the same destination
063  On arrival at Kinpun‘s bus station,
the four of us take the only mean
of transport to our hotel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
064  It is grapefruit season. In the
little village of Kinpun there are
heaps of them carefully piled up
065  A typical street cafe
with small stools in Kinpun
066  What shall we eat? The menu
card in the small village of Kinpun is
only in Burmese. At least we do not have
any problem with the Myanmar beer!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
067  Pilgrims (and we) are climbing in Kinpun
into an open truck, the only admitted vehicle.
We are squeezed onto small wooden benches.
After 10 miles’ [16km] race on a mountainous
road to the “Golden Rock” of Kyaiktiyo on
an altitude of 3’600 ft. [1’100m], everybody
is completely knocked up
068  Little settlements adorn the
slopes of the Eastern Yoma Mountains,
the place of the “Golden Rock”
069  The 7.3m (24ft) tall stupa of the
“Golden Rock” is precariously perched
on a granite boulder up in the
Eastern Yoma Mountains. Legend
has it that a strand of Buddha’s hair
prevents it from falling
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
070  From the truck stop to the balancing
rock area stalls sell all kind of goods –
from rosary beads, toys, clothes, sunglasses
to food. It is a little market in itself
071  A stall with cooked corncobs –
a filling snack
072  Fruit lovers also don’t go
short at the “Golden Rock”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
073  Carrying on the back is easier: Porters
are waiting for customers. Locals now and
then spend the night at the holy place and
have their belongings carried up the hill
074  A porter walks down the entrance
of the “Golden Rock” complex with her
high load and returns to the truck stop
075  A pilgim is carried on a stretcher from
the “Golden Rock” back to the truck stop
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
076  Liliana at the entrance to the holy
Buddhist site of the” Golden Rock”,
the third most important in Myanmar,
which is guarded by two lions (“Chinthe”)
077  “Ladies are not allowed to go up on
the hill”. Liliana has to comply with this ban
078  Devotees (men only) paste gold
leaves onto the boulder. The atmosphere
is charged with magic and devotion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
079  Liliana is admiring a relief scene at the
top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo at the “Golden Rock”
080  The two of us at a magic place:
The “Golden Rock” at Mount Kyaiktiyo
081  A sweeping view across the
Eastern Yoma Mountains with its majestic
golden stupas standing atop of the hills
 
More websites from Myanmar:
Myanmar (Burma) Part 2 – from Bago (Pegu) to Shwenyaung at Inle Lake
Myanmar (Burma) Part 3 – from Nyaungshwe at Inle Lake to Mandalay and Goteik viaduct
Myanmar (Burma) Part 4 – from Mandalay to Bagan by ship and back to Yangon (Rangoon)
The African trip 2013-16:
CapeVerde: Santiago/Praia part 1 – November18th to December 13th, 2013
CapeVerde: Fogo – Dezember13th to 23rd, 2013
CapeVerde: Brava – December 23rd to 26th, 2013
Cape Verde: Santiago/Praia part 2 – December 26th, 2013 to February 28th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Nicolau – February 28th to March 13th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 1 – March 13th to 20th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Eastern side part 1 – March 20th to April 7th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Western side part 2April 7th to 10th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 2April 10th to 29th, 2014
Namibia Part 1 from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
Angola Part 1 September 26th to October 4th, 2014
Angola Part 2 October 4th to 22nd, 2014
Namibia Part 2 from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
South Africa Part 1 from Namibia border to Capetown January 22nd to February 23rd, 2015
3rd Major Repair of our LandCruiser FJ60 - 1982  (due to two broken sideshafts)
South Africa Part 2 from Capetown to Tsitsikamma National Park February 24th to March 13th, 2015
South Africa Part 3 from Addo National Park to the Lesotho border March 13th to April 7th, 2015
Lesotho April 7th to 15th, 2015
South Africa Part 4 from the Lesotho to the Swaziland border April 15th to 23rd, 2015
Swaziland April 23rd to 28th, 2015
South Africa Part 5 from the Swaziland to the Botswana border  April 28th to May 15th, 2015
Botswana
Zimbabwe
Mozambique
Malawi
Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015
Tanzania
Kenya
Ethiopia Part 1 – from Kenya to Djibouti October 25th to November 18th, 2015
Djibouti October 18th to 27th, 2015
Ethiopia Part 2   from Djibouti to Sudan November 27th to December 9th, 2015
Sudan December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016