Burma Travel

The author after Burmese boys gently daubed him with clay during Thyingan, a chaotic water festival. (Patrick Symmes)
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The author after Burmese boys gently daubed him with clay during Thyingan, a chaotic water festival.

A signboard in the country's biggest temple—Shwedagon—located in Rangoon.

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(Patrick Symmes)


Novice monks at Shwedagon look at the gold-leaf pagoda through binoculars, perhaps for the first time.

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(Patrick Symmes)


Mandalay's Royal Palace doubles as a military barracks.

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(Patrick Symmes)


Nuns at the Royal Palace have lesser status than monks, but can still receive education, aims, and respect.

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(Patrick Symmes)


Monks at Samsara University take a class on traditional medicine.

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(Patrick Symmes)


A monk at the Pakoku temple—home to the launchers of the pro-democracy Saffron Revolution—adjusts a tiger pelt.

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(Patrick Symmes)


Lu Zaw, a member of the Moustache Brothers comedy troupe in Mandalay, plays the fool.

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(Patrick Symmes)


Banned from performing in public, the Moustache Brothers use their living room for satirical routines.

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(Patrick Symmes)


More than 2,000 Buddhist shrines, temples, monuments, and libraries stand at Bagan in central Burma.

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(Patrick Symmes)


Bagan, like the rest of Burma, receives few visitors.

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(Patrick Symmes)


San Zarni-Bo, one of Burma's best-known palm readers, predicted the author would be lucky on May 1.

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(Patrick Symmes)


A boat floats on the Irrawaddy River. The majority of deaths caused by Cyclone Nargis occurred in the river's delta.

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(Patrick Symmes)

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