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Colours of Myanmar
June 11, 2015
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Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo

A pictorial peek inside Myanmar, a country newly opened to the world. Images include Buddhist shrines, handicrafts and the natural vistas of Bagan and Lake Inle. You will detect a theme of bold burgundy and ruby reds, glistening golds and a spectrum of greens from aquamarine to emerald. These are the bright and beautiful Myanmar highlights that will have you going back for more.

Yangon

Schwedagon Zedi is the golden focus of Yangon, but the crumbling colonial architecture is worth a look too.

Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Shwedagon Zedi (stupa/pagoda)
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Shwedagon Zedi complex
Novice monks
Novice monks
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Mosaic pillar decoration and some cheeky kids hiding under a giant bell
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Buddha image in the Shwedagon Pagoda complex
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cultural performance

Bagan

In ancient Bagan, see endless religious structures – temples, libraries and caves – all with their own personality from teak to stone and carved stucco, to frescoes and glazing. There are so many to see, best to take them all in at once with a sunrise hot air balloon ride!

Schwezigon Zedi
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Glazed lotus detail on a zedi
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
One of Ananda Pagoda's four Buddhas
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Another of Ananda's buddhas
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Alms bowls collecting dust in Nat Taung Kyaung Monastery
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Bagan sunset
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Sesame seed harvest
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Parasols for sale

Mandalay

From the sparkling mosaics of Su Taung Pyae, perched on Mandalay Hill, down into the valleys of Irrawaddy River – the sunsets in Mandalay are blazing gold affairs. The burgundy robes of monks at Amarapura and 45 gilded Buddha images of U Min Thonze Pagoda on Sagaing Hill bring even more colour to the mix.

Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Temple of the 45 Buddhas
Irrawaddy River sunset
Irrawaddy River sunset
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Hundreds of monks line up for lunch every day at Amarapura Mahagandayon Monastery
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Incense in an owl
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Mandalay Hill mosaic reflecting golden hour

Lake Inle

On the calm waters of Inle, see the meditative art of lotus weaving unique to this part of the world. Shop for handicrafts and observe daily life at the rotating markets, around the hydroponic orchards and the watery streets between stilted homes.

Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Silk on a loom
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Roses for sale at the revolving market
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Flowers wrapped in a lotus leaf
Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Lacquerware

If you love colourful destinations and these Myanmar highlights, check out these posts on Vietnam, Laos and Cuba.

Peace, love & inspiring travel,

Madam ZoZo

Colours of Myanmar | Duende by Madam ZoZo

About author

Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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