Riding in a trishaw to Danuphyu

Just getting off the boat was an experience. The gangplanks were narrow and a bit difficult to maneuver but we were kindly helped by our crew. We began our trishaw ride into Danuphyu.

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The ride into town was an unusual and sometimes bumpy experience.  We each had our own trishaw and we rode in one long line.  My driver was kind and helpful. Sometimes he had to jump off and push the trishaw up a hill.  He also kept my shoes at the religious sites. It was raining off and on and the driver provided an umbrella.  It was too big so I used my own.

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Shawn tried to take a picture of both of us and the trishaw but it was too rainy.  He did get a good photo of the driver.

Pali University and Memorial of General Maha

Our first stop was at the Pali University where we saw the statue of General Maha Bandula who led a Burmese defensive against the British troops during the Anglo-Burmese War.  Pali is the language spoken by the religious community of monks and nuns.  At this complex, there is the Pali Language University as well as a monastery and school.  Many of the students are orphans and the monastery sponsors them.  They wear the traditional robes but are called novices until they are older and make the decision to become a monk or nun.

The following photos are taken at the university complex which includes the memorial to General Maha:

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Memorial statue to General Maha
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Old staircase probably 80 or 90 years old.

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Part of the monastery complex
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The villagers hear the time when the wooden block is struck by the monks. Our guide is giving us a demonstration
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One of the monks who didn’t mind us taking photos.

Monastery School

From here we got back on the trishaws and headed to the monastery school.  Many orphans go to school here and also live at the monastery complex.  The ones in the red robes are novices and the children with white blouses are children from the town. We peeked in a few kindergarten classrooms just at the end of school.

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Children in white are from the town and those in robes are living at the complex.
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This little one was sitting on top of the table.
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Alm bowls carried by the monks

Maha Bandula Monastery

We made our final stop at the Maha Bandula Monastery where we saw the stone slip monuments containing the teachings of Buddha which are inscribed in the Pali language. We also saw many of the novice monks walking back from school.

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Pagoda on the monastery grounds.
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This building held the statue of Buddha.

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Some of my favorite photos of the students at the Bandula Monastery:

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Cute little boy novice with a green bandana on his head
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Loved this picture of the young boy with his umbrella.
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These kids had fun posing for us.  You can see the wash hanging up behind them.

Sights along the way – back to the riverboat.

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A sleepy dog found outside the monastery.  He at least looked well-fed.
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We saw this little boy and his brother at a construction site in the town.

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Street cooking – fried crabs
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Close-up view of the crabs
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Tempora fried vegetables
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Little girl looking at the strange tourists – the powdery cream-colored substance on her face is seen on the women and children.  It comes from the bark of a tree and protects from sunburn and is suppose to be beneficial to the skin.

We arrived at the riverboat and I took these photos.  Wherever we docked we could see how important the river was to the people’s daily life.

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Cleaning big pots by the river.
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Betel leaves packed and ready to go.

We were glad to be back aboard. Air conditioning certainly felt good!  Our cool towels and refreshing drinks awaited us. Our shoes were always deposited at the entrance to be cleaned and they later showed up at our door.  The riverboat does not sail at night so we had an enjoyable dinner and quiet evening.  We sailed at 5:30 am the next morning to Zalun.

4 thoughts

  1. I almost want to wait and read your posts when your cruise is over….so I can read them all at once! You are so good to write this travel log. I know the effort it takes to sit and write your observations- and I only did a little from our Civil Rights trip! ‘Would like to see more photos of the boat and your cabin.

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  2. Very interesting Dianne. I think it must be different for you to be traveling to places by boat instead of walking to so many places. How are the daily temperatures there? Have fun. Hot here! Much love.

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