Tag: yangon

Bright Lights

The Burmese are a practical people. This trait is reflected in Schwedagon Paya. The pagoda has been rebuilt and reguilded numerous times since the stupa was first raised sometime around 6th Century AD. Much to the chagrin of UNESCO and other preservation groups, it has been modified to keep up with the current times. Christmas […]

A Burmese Introduction

I walked out of the terminal and was immediately greeted by a mob of taxi drivers. Everyone offered the same deal – a ride into Yangon would cost $10. I randomly selected a driver out of the group. He expressed his gratification by flashing a wide smile, exposing teeth stained by years of betel nut abuse. […]