Hsinbyume Pagoda - Mandalay, Myanmar

The Hsinbyume Pagoda is a uniquely shaped, white washed pagoda just outside of Mandalay. The Pagoda is topped with a gold spire, that enshrines an image of Buddha. The seven tiers of the pagoda feature niches, that contain small statues of mythological figures.

It is possible to climb to the top of the structure, where you will be treated to a great view of the Irrawaddy river, and nearby Mingun Pagoda. 

News Channels on Youtube

Here are some radio shows/news channels on Youtube broadcasted in various Asian languages. 

Cantonese: RFA | VOA | Apple News | Ming Pao News

Mandarin: VOA | RFA | NTD Chinese | BBC

Taiwanese Hokkien台視台語新聞

Vietnamese: VOA | RFA | Người Việt TV | BBC

Tibetan: VOA | RFA

Khmer: VOA | RFA | Khmer News Daily Playlist

Burmese: RFA | VOA | BBC

Lao: RFA | VOA

Thai: VOA | Thai PBS News | Morning News | BBC

Uyghur: RFA | Istiqlal TV

Farsi: VOA | Euronews | BBC

Dari: VOA | 1TV Kabul

Pashto: VOA | 1TV Kabul

Urdu: VOA | BBC

Indonesian: BBC | Metro TV News

Malaysian: KiniTV Malaysian

Korean: KBS News | YTN News | JTBC News

Japanese: BBC News | ANN News | TomoNews Japan | FNN News

RFA Radio also has tons of radio broadcasts in Burmese, Khmer, Cantonese, Mandarin, Lao, North Korean (!!!), Tibetan, Uyghur and Vietnamese. 

Chin State- Myanmar

Chin State, in north-western Myanmar, is an incredibly mountainous region, with an average elevation of 5000 - 8000 feet. Its highest peak is Mt Victoria, which rises to 10,017 feet. The Chin people do not have first, middle, or last names, but one name which may reflect the achievements of their grandparents, or the grandparents wishes for the childs future. The naming of children in this region is of great importance. 


Little monk by Patrick Foto ;)
Via Flickr:
Little monk walking at old temple, Salay Bagan Myanmar


Cheroots are a distinctive cylindrical cigar, unique to Myanmar. It is common to see local women smoking cheroots, particularly in Eastern Myanmar. The cigars are said to be sweet and fragrant, and apparently freshen the mouth. The Cheroot industry in Myanmar is so profitable, you can see piles of the green cigars stacked high throughout markets, including in Mandalay. 

In villages around Inle Lake, specially flavoured, hand rolled cheroots can be purchased, with flavours including pineapple, banana and honey. 


Place of origin:  Burma (made)

Date:  late 19th century (made)

Artist/Maker:  Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques:  Embroidered silk and cotton, with stitch-work and appliqué with silver-gilt threads and sequins

Museum number:  IS.16-1961, Victoria Albert Museum

Description and images from the Victoria Albert Museum:  “This is a fine example of a Burmese pictorial textile hanging known as a kalaga. The owner would have used it either as a decorative wall hanging, a room partition, or as a screen hung outside the house on festive occasions.

This one is made of green silk with an appliqué design in various colours and materials. It illustrates episodes from the popular Candakinnari and Ummadanti Jatakas stories–about the Buddha’s former lives–and from the Manohari legend (see IS 2-1963). The costumes of the figures are depicted in the stylised tradition of Burmese theatre and relate to the fashions worn in the Mandalay Court of about 1880. The kalaga itself dates to the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Britain had taken control of the whole of Burma by 1885. The extravagant style of kalagas appealed to Burmese and Europeans alike and their popularity soared in the middle of the 19th century. This example was collected by Sir Adam Beattie Ritchie during the time he worked with Burmah Oil at the beginning of the 20th century.”

Artemis:  This really is a fine example (details).    I’d like to see it up close. Kalaga means curtain in Burmese (written: ကန့်လန့်ာ.  :)  love that).    If you are interested in the history and technique see below for a brief wiki article.

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