Every year, the 13th of April marks one of the most important holidays in Southeast Asian countries such as Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand — known to outsiders as the Water Festival.
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.