Lush forests of old growth teak once covered the Burmese Hills. However, demand for this rich colored hard wood in west, coupled with no environmental protections laws has left the hills of Burma bald. Deforestation has lead to structureless soil and increased the occurrence of lethal land side. An abundance of silt has choked the coral reefs and clouded Burma’s waters. Buildings such as this recall a history of wealth. This building is rumored to be 500 years old, preservation of the […]
Bagan will be Ankor Wat in five years, but, today it is uncharted. Lost in anonymity undiscovered by tourism. Having spent much of the last year in Indian and more recently Thailand with its full moon parties, Bagan feel like it is a world away. This is Burma’s treasure. What Burma will be known for once the world find it. Bagan is a desert city pimpled with Stupas and Temples. Each building was build by a different family. Each is full of gold and opulently […]
Burma is a land of magic and gold. Magic infuses everything in this culture. Literally magic unquestioned belief in the unprovable. I have life long affliction of curiosity, but here my questions of ‘why or how’ people respond ‘it is magic’ as if this is a totally valid answere. Magic is real in Burma like gravity is real in the west. Who am I to question this genuine belief. Compared with the other mysteries I’ve encountered in Asia the purity and factuality of the Burmese […]
Buddha in Burma is addicted to gold. Devout people apply gold leaf to buddha statues across the country. Over centuries of worship the buddha has taken on a lumpy appearance. Hense his title the Lumpy Buddha. Only men are allowed into the inner sanctum of the lumpy Buddha.