Myanmar: Day of Ceremonies and Thanaka, Bagan Day Five (video)


WATCH29 Day of Ceremonies and Thanaka, Bagan Day Five, Myanmar (Burma)

October 15, 2012 On this Sabbath day, we biked in the heat to Sulemani and there was a monk leading a service. Seeing the site being used for a ceremony was like having history come alive. At Maha Bodhi Pagoda, an Indian style temple, there are the seven weeks of Buddha’s enlightenment. Both George and I got styled up with Thanaka, “for beauty and protection.”

For lunch we ate at “Be Kind to Animals” We enjoyed the traditional Tea Leaf Salad, Pumpkin Curry, Myanmar Tomato Curry, with rice, water, peanuts to start and tamarind flake candy to finish it was less than 7000K. They also had many juices like tamarind and mint but it the high heat we needed water.

We went back to Shwe Gu Gyi: which is one of the temples you can climb up. Quite a few do not allow it anymore. We had a bit of rain, great views, and were ready to view more temples. At Upalithein: it was all locked up but had great paintings. On the way back to town, we saw Hilo Milo and stopped for another sunset visit to Shwe Zigon Zedi.

At Shwe Zigon Zedi, the golden temple, I rung the bells for my birthday, and George made the birds fly away. For 1000K we each added Gold Leaf to the Buddha. It was a full day from 9:30am to 5:30pm of biking in the heat, a long hot sweaty day of seeing great sites and ceremonies!

This movie is from our 28 days in Myanmar (Burma) from September 28, 2012 to October 26, 2012 and our year TRIP in South East Asia, see all the videos from our trip.

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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