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500+ high-definition creative commons photographs are presented in the Myanmar collections, on the linked pages you will find many photographs, and wherever possible I have added in relevant historical information, videos, maps and diagrams.

Interactive Map for the Photographs in Myanmar
Myanmar Map


The Land of Pagodas (53)
Pagodas from Various Sites around the Country

The Land of the Buddhas (46)
Buddha Images from Various Places

Decorative Mosaics in the Temples and Pagodas (29)
Mosaics found in Various Temples



Ānanda Pagoda (43)
One of the largest and finest Temples in Bagan

The Quest for Awakening, Ānanda Pagoda (40)
Reliefs Tracing the Story from Bodhisattva to Awakening

The Stone Sculptures in the Ānanda Temple at Pagan (80)
Reliefs Tracing the Story from Tuṣita to Awakening

Mural Paintings at Upāli Thein (20)
Fine Murals from an Old Sīma

Wood Carvings at Shwezigon Pagoda (27)
Wood Carvings relating Various Buddhist Stories



Decorative Mosaics at Sutaungpyai Pagoda, Mandalay Hill (22)
One of the Finest temples on Mandalay Hill

Marble Books at Kuthodaw and Sandamuni Pagodas (24)
The World’s Largest Books Carved in Marble

Carved Teak Work at Shwe Inbin Temple (28)
Fine Teak Carving from the 19 c.

Mahamuni Pagoda (17)
One of the Iconic Statues in Myanmar



Mural Paintings at Kyauktawgyi Pagoda (30)
Murals of Various Pagodas, Monasteries and Everyday Life

Idyllic Taungthaman Lake (10)
Beautiful Lake near Amarapura



Buddhas and Murals at the Po Win Caves (56)
Some of the most Extensive Caves in S. E. Asia

500,000 Buddha Temple, Sambodhi Kat Kyaw (24)
Large, Modern conceptual Temple



Shwedagon Pagoda (36)
The Holiest Site in Myanmar


Extra Photographs from the Myanmar Trip (20)
Some of the Photographs that didn’t make it to an Album


Map Showing the Main Sites Visited




Ashin Indavamsa at Kuthodaw Pagoda

Mr. Lim Poh Aing at Sutaungpyai Pagoda, Mandalay

First of all I very grateful indeed to Ashin Indavaṁsa who acted as my guide to the History and Culture of Myanmar - his invaluable knowledge and patience in sharing it solved many an enigma that would have eluded me otherwise. Besides acting as a field guide he also made many ad hoc translations, questioned locals with more knowledge of the subject and in many ways facilitated the trip.

I am also greatly indebted to Mr. Lim Poh Aing who acted as our kappiya - a more willing helper it would be hard to imagine: ever-ready to get up and go when it was necessary and able to switch off when there was nothing much to do. He is also one of the most hardy men I have come across, and even long and hard work trips never once brought a complaint from him.

When in Mandalay we were the guests of Sayadaw U Sāgara, and in Bagan of his Uncle Sayadaw U Saṁvara - two kinder hosts it would be hard to imagine; they provided accomodation and meals while we explored the respective regions; while in Yangon we stayed with my friend Sayadaw U Sumana, who similarly went out of his way to help us with any need that arose.

I owe a very big sadhu to Maw Maw Aung who runs the Bagan House Laquerware Shop, and who arranged for us to stay with her relatives the Sayadaws in Mandalay and Bagan, very kindly provided transport and a guide so we could get around the temples and pagodas in Bagan, and supplied us with books, maps and other useful information.


Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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