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Myanmar’s Astonishing Sights

Myanmar is experiencing a surge in foreign visitors, who can enjoy some spectacular views.

By Miguel Cano for
Myanmar’s Astonishing Sights

A view of the Shwedagon Pagoda

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Myanmar’s Astonishing Sights

Bagan, an ancient city in the Mandalay Region

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Myanmar’s Astonishing Sights

Sunset behind a small pagoda at Chaung Thar Beach

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Myanmar’s Astonishing Sights

Young Padaung girls at school

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Myanmar’s Astonishing Sights

A Padaung woman

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Myanmar’s Astonishing Sights

A floating house on Inle Lake, in Shan State

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Myanmar’s Astonishing Sights

Monks on their way to early morning lessons

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Myanmar’s Astonishing Sights

A mendicant monk in Pho Win Hill

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Myanmar’s Astonishing Sights

Giant Standing Buddha and Reclining Buddha near a pagoda in Maha Bodhi Ta Htaung

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Myanmar’s Astonishing Sights

A young Burmese child

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Myanmar’s Astonishing Sights

A traditional market in Monywa

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Myanmar’s Astonishing Sights

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

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Myanmar is one of the latest Asian treasures to discover. Since 2010 it has experienced a rapid surge in the number of foreign visitors.

One of the most devout Buddhist countries in the world, with the highest proportion of monks and nuns, 90 percent of Myanmar’s population practice Theravada. It can be difficult to find a place from where you cannot spot at least one pagoda, the most representative building of the Burmese culture. Perhaps the most spectacular examples can be found in Bagan, which draws flocks of tourists each year.

Strong Burmese traditions still prevail in Myanmar, such as the floating homes in Inle Lake and one of the most peculiar looking traditions on Earth: the Padaung women wearing from childhood brass coils around their necks.

Miguel Cano is a filmmaker, a photographer and the director of Mr. Challenge films: www.mrchallengefilms.com