Burma is one of the least explored of the exotic countries of Southeast Asia. Mired for long in political turmoil, Myanmar, as it is officially known, never made it to any list of popular tourist destinations of the world. Destructive politics can be fatal for any culture but Burma, rather miraculously, survived. The Buddhist-majority country has witnessed its own share of problems – strategic or civic. A historic change in the Myanmar’s political climate offered photographers the golden opportunity to capture the untouched societal, architectural and natural beauty of the country. In fact these pictures from Burma reveal a land so beautiful you might as well forget the more popular Southeast Asian nations such as Thailand!

1. A monk in a monastery in Nyaungshwe

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Photo by: Arthur Teng

2. Plains of Bagan. Notice the hot-air balloons in the background

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Photo by: Khairel Anuar Che Ani

3. Young monks playing in Bago

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Photo by: Arkar Tun Kyaw

4. A temple in Bagan where sunlight enters a particular way a week each year

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Photo by: Khant Zaw

5. Inle Lake fisherman. Notice the leg wrapping the paddle

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Photo by: Aung Pyae Soe

6. The Monk and the Seagulls

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Photo by: SauKhian Chau

7. Reclining Mya Tha Lyaung Buddha in Bago

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Photo by: Ye Tun

8. Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon has a 350-foot gold-plated dome

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Photo by: Pyiet Oo Aung

9. Bagan stupas

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Photo by: Han Tha

10. An education

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Photo by: Chee Keong Lim

11. Untouched beauty in Bagan

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Photo by: Hoang Long Ly

12. Rural Burma

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Photo by: Chee Keong Lim

13. A pagoda in Pindaya, Inle Lake area

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Photo by: Khant Zaw

14. Hsinbyume Pagoda in Mingun

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Photo by: Mike Blank


15. Navigating through lotus flowers of Inle Lake

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Photo by: Michael Sessions

16. Bagan

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Photo by: Dominic Burdon

17. Golden Rock Pagoda in Kyitehtiyo

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Photo by: Sai Kham Hein

18. Cracks from a 1839 quake visible in an unfinished temple in Mingun

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Photo by: Tom Cheatham

19. For enlightenment

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Photo by: Zeyar Minn

20. Temple near Kyaukse in the Mandalay Region

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Photo by: Zaw Zaw Tun

21. In a Yangon Monastry

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Photo by: Ye Tun

22. Mon women playing traditional instruments

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Photo by: Zaw Zaw Tun

23. Old monk and old building near Monywa

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Photo by: Tom Cheatham

24. A child in basket and the temple in Bagan

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Photo by: Aung Myint Htwe

25. The 1200-meter-long U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge, over Taungthaman Lake in Mandalay

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Photo by: Teng Hin Khoo

26. A festival

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Photo by: Zeyar Minn

 

Credit: Smithsonian

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