Shwedagon Pagoda


The Shwedagon Pagoda is a 99 metre tall gilded stupa in Yangon situated on Singuttara hill. Shwedagon is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Burma. It is said to enshrine eight strands of Buddha’s hair. Shwedagon Pagoda was constructed more that 2,600 years ago.

xxburma_shwedagon-4982In Buddhism the most important date is the weekday you are born. There are eight days a week (wednesday is divided in two parts, before and after midday). Around Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda eight statues of Buddha along with the relevant animal for the day of birth are situated clockwise. Buddhist believers go to their birthday corner and water the Buddha and the animal to gain merit for the afterlife.

xxburma_shwedagon-5444Buddhist nuns walk around Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma’s most sacred site.

xxburma_shwedagon-5010A father has just taken an image of the Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma’s most sacred place, and shows it to his daughter. The Golden Pagoda is said to enshrine eight strands of Buddha’s hair inside.

xxburma_shwedagon-5382A young Burmese girl is sitting in front of one of the pilgrim-shops in Shwedagon Pagoda. The girl’s face is covered with Tanaka, a paste made out of wood’s bark used for cosmetics as well as protection against the sun.




xxburma_shwedagon-5002A young Buddhist girl is praying in Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, the most holy site of the country.



xxburma_shwedagon-5051Buddhist believers walk clockwise around Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma’s most sacred place. The Golden Pagoda is said to enshrine eight strands of Buddha’s hair inside.

xxburma_shwedagon-5375The Shwedagon Pagoda seen from Kandawgy Lake.


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stolenbeauty_michaelbiachphotography-7141BURMA. The name Intha is said to mean ‘children of the lake’. The Intha are famous for their highly individual rowing technique. Fishermen wrap a paddle around one hand and leg and use this to propel the boat, while balancing precariously on the other. This position leaves them with one hand free, allowing them to drop a large conical net over passing fish in the shallow waters of the lake.

30 pictures from Burma


The second dispatch from my travel section 30  pictures comes from Burma/Myanmar. I hope you enjoy the images. Click on the image below to enter the full gallery.

michaelbiach_30picsfromburma-7189Pa-O women wearing a traditional black tunic and a brightly colored turban. The turbans are often simply scarves or towels bought at local markets and then are wrapped in a traditional style. According to an old legend the Pa-O are descendants of a father who was a supernatural being and a mother who was a dragon. The women’s trademark turban is a manifestation of the creation myth. The Pa-O, also known as Taungthu, are the second most numerous ethnic group in Burma’s Shan-State.


The Mechanic


michaelbiach_30picsfromburma-6911An old man is opening his mechanic shop in Mandalay, Burma. 

Young at Work

Bangladesh, Burma/Myanmar, Poland, Slovakia

Although illegal in most countries, child labor still continues all over the world, especially in developing countries. It is estimated that more than 168 million kids worldwide are working long hours under harsh conditions. In countries affected by poverty and unemployment, child labor often seems the only way for families to survive. In other cases, like organized begging, children are forced to work. Since 2002 the global child labor force has decreased by a third.

michaelbiach_youngatwork-5701Two boys working for a sub-contractor of a garment-factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

michaelbiach_youngatwork-8193A young Roma boy is forced to beg in the streets of Bratislava, Slovakia. He was playing his accordion in several locations across the city, always only for a limited time to avoid being picked up by Slovakian police.

michaelbiach_youngatwork-5461A young boy working in a shipyard in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

michaelbiach_youngatwork-6118New roads are constructed in remote Chin-State, Burma, often with the use of low-paid child labor.

2014_Walbrzych-2236Two teenagers in Walbrzych, Poland, are searching for ‘black gold’ in an illegal coal mine. The boys work on their own and are selling the coal to friends and neighbors in order to earn some money.

michaelbiach_youngatwork-5366A young boy working in a shipyard in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

michaelbiach_youngatwork-5088A young girl is selling bells on the streets of Yangon, Burma.

michaelbiach_youngatwork-5713Boys working for a sub-contractor of a garment-factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh.