By Anne J Hooper
Myanmar (Burma) will lead you instantly to the simplest sights this gorgeous nation has to provide. discover Myanmars enchanting temples, miles of pristine seashores, and alluring tradition. adventure Yangon and Mandalay, and cruise at the Ayeyarwady River—all only a brief flight from Bangkok. With 1000s of full-color images, hand-drawn illustrations, and customized maps that light up each web page, DK Eyewitness commute advisor: Myanmar (Burma) really exhibits you this state as nobody else can.
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Only with the arrival of the British were their territorial ambitions thwarted. The Burma-Siam War and the Anglo-Burmese Wars The conquest of Siam in 1767 brought great treasure to the Konbaung court, as well as skilled artists who left a lasting mark on classical Burmese culture. In stark contrast, the 19th-century Anglo-Burmese Wars, and the subsequent punitive reparations forced on the Burmese, crippled Konbaung power forever. Carvings Although most of the elaborately worked teak buildings created by Konbaung artisans have disappeared, the Shwenandaw carvings and the religious images that survive are reminders of their masterly skills.
Longyis and htameins worn in daily life Regional Traditional Dress Myanmar’s many ethnic minorities retain their own styles of dress, in most cases completely distinct from those favored by the Burmese majority. In Chinese-influenced Shan, Mandarin-style jackets are common, while in the remote hill tracts of the far north, east, and west, even everyday costumes may involve elaborate headgear of striking, handwoven cotton turbans and heavy pieces of jewelry. Chinese-style triangular reed and bamboo hats are commonly worn by both men and women across Shan State and Mandalay Region.
Monks and nuns Myanmar has around half a million monks and 75,000 nuns, divided between nine legally recognized monastic orders. Monks wear wine-colored robes, while nuns wear pink. 32 I N T R O D U C I N G M YA N M A R The Burmese Pagoda Known in Burmese as zedis or payas, pagodas form the focal point of worship in Buddhist shrines in Myanmar. No one knows exactly how many there are, but the country is generally accepted to have more stupas than any other. Whether gilded, whitewashed, or made of crumbling brick, they have dominated skylines in this part of the world for over two millennia, when the relics of the historical Buddha and his followers started being interred inside monumental structures.