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Aptly nicknamed ‘The Golden Land’, Burma is known for its countless gold leaf-plated pagodas and statues. The process of hammering gold into thin sheets is known as goldbeating.
As Myanmar’s most prominent waterway, the mighty Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River features three narrow river gorges flanked by steep vertical cliffs, otherwise known as ‘defiles’.
Like a shining beacon in the sky, the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda dominates the Yangon skyline. Most astonishing is the pagoda’s gem-encrusted crown, valued at $3 billion USD.
In legendary author George Orwell’s famous novel, Burmese Days, the fictional town of Kyauktada is based on his experiences serving as an Imperial Police officer in Burma.
Lying on the banks of Myanmar’s most prominent river, the Ayeyarwady, lies Bagan and its mystical plains of unmatched beauty, boasting over 2,000 spiritual temples and pagodas.
“Brave girls have super strong, healthy teeth! You’re a brave girl, aren’t you?” asks Dr. Ye Yint Kaung Myint to his teary-eyed 6-year-old patient.