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Myanmar (Burma): Burmese public life

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Burmese public life | Myanmar (Burma) | Asia

[Visited: March 2006]

Myanmar is a country full of sights; thousands of temples, old cities, ruins, and nature, but one of the primary attractions is the people and the life in the streets. From the very early morning, life starts all around the country, and it goes on all day. People are friendly, look beautiful - you can see some of their typical faces elsewhere on this site. But the life they lead, the surroundings in which they live, make for a sight that can be enjoyed continously. Just sitting down somewhere, you can see Burmese life flow by in all its colourfullness.

Picture of Burmese public life (Myanmar (Burma)): Burmese women sitting on the train to Katha

Otherwise, as long as you travel by public transport, it is inevitable you will come in touch with Burmese people. Buses, trains, boats are all overloaded and often leave only when completely full. Even then, the driver will try to take more people on the way. It means you are always surrounded by Burmese people. They often try to practice their English, are polite and make you feel warmly welcome in their country. Of course, walking the streets and travelling the local transportation gives a fairly good overview of the different races, people, and beliefs in this amazingly diverse country.

Picture of Burmese public life (Myanmar (Burma)): Burmese woman walking her bike along a traditional parade

It might also happen that you just walk into a parade, with men, women and children dressed up in traditional clothes, with oxcarts, golden parasols, and an invasion of colours. Rhythmic music and singing accompanies the parade, and it is a great showcase for the vitality of local culture in public life. Or you see remarkable faces in the streets, on a market, a pile of baskets carried by a young woman, many people carrying things on their heads, or just an old man praying at a temple in solitude.

Picture of Burmese public life (Myanmar (Burma)): Burmese man with sunglasses and umbrella standing out from the crowd
Picture of Burmese public life (Myanmar (Burma)): Burmese woman walking the streets of Mandalay towards sunset
Picture of Burmese public life (Myanmar (Burma)): Burmese kids waiting for the pythons at the Snake Pagoda
Picture of Burmese public life (Myanmar (Burma)): Burmese buddhist praying at the Ngahtatgyi Paya in Yangon
Picture of Burmese public life (Myanmar (Burma)): Woman praying at Mahamuni Paya
Picture of Burmese public life (Myanmar (Burma)): Woman with child selling her wares in the streets
Picture of Burmese public life (Myanmar (Burma)): Buddhist worshipper and boy praying at Mahamuni Paya
Picture of Burmese public life (Myanmar (Burma)): Sunny smile of Burmese girl in the streets of Katha
Picture of Burmese public life (Myanmar (Burma)): Colourful procession with elegantly dressed women in Bagan
Picture of Burmese public life (Myanmar (Burma)): Laughing girls walking on a wooden bridge near Inle Lake
Picture of Burmese public life (Myanmar (Burma)): Burmese women at a street market near Inle Lake
Picture of Burmese public life (Myanmar (Burma)): Burmese women with straw hats at a street market near Inle Lake
Picture of Burmese public life (Myanmar (Burma)): Burmese children looking at their picture on a Japanese digital camera

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