Category Archives: Burma

A magical pagoda

The sixth and last part of the Golden Land film series about Myanmar culture and traditions takes a tour in probably one of the most spectacular religious places in South-East Asia, the magnificent complex of Shewadagon Paya.The pagoda is the heart of an incredible complex or small pagodas, temples, statues, towers and pavilions, all gilded, were pilgrimages, prayers, devotional rituals and meditations happen round the clock. I spent 5 hours in the morning in awe roaming the place just to take a short break and return for another 3 hours in the night and still I could have spend more time if I had it.
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Posted by on February 16, 2019 in Blog, Burma


Myanmar’s royal capitals

Even the name sounds so exotic. Somehow I dreamt one day to go to Mandalay, wherever that would be.
Maybe it was like the Shangri-La, a lair of dreams and imagination, an aspiration never to be reached.
The name ‘Mandalay’, mentioned in the famous poem of Rudyard Kipling, is perhaps the most evocative of any destination in Myanmar. However Kipling never stepped into the city.

Golden Land-Ancient Capitals

In Myanmar’s history all kingdom’s capitals were always built strategically in the center of the country around the current location of Mandalay. Sagaing, Inwa, Amarapura, Mingun were all once powerful seats of the government and important centers of Buddhist learning for South-East Asia.
The fifth episode of the “Golden Land” series about the history and tradition of Myanmar explores these places.
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Posted by on February 7, 2019 in Blog, Burma


Praying to a rock

What this picture does not show is that this rock sits totally inclined on a stone platform ready to tumble into the valley. Its balance is held in place, according to the legend, by some Buddha hairs placed inside the top pagoda that are able to balance the rock through the power of belief. The place is the famous Kyaiktyio, a major pilgrimage place located high on top of a mountain in Myanmar reached after a long walk barefoot through the woods.

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Posted by on January 29, 2019 in Blog, Burma


Among the Shan tribes

One of the most interesting visits in South-East Asia happens if you dive into the tribal areas. And Myanmar has one of the largest aggregation of them with Palaung, Pa-o, Intha and Paduang (long-neck-women) being just several of the tribes that abound in the Shan State. The bustling markets of the province are a spectacular show of costumes and colors, all around gilded pagodas that organize the events or around the holy caves packed with Buddha statues covered in gold. However few adventure in this territory as I discovered while traveling in the Shan markets.

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Posted by on January 23, 2019 in Blog, Burma


Gliding on Inle’s magic waters

The second of the six part series about Myanmar glides over the picturesque waters of Inle, a lake populated by the Intha tribe in the middle of the Shan State of Myanmar. On the lake, the Inthas have their houses on stilts and their shops where they make silver jewelry, mulberry paper, lotus weaving, cigar and many others. Here they also have their famous floating gardens taking the products to be sold in the floating markets. In the middle of the lake is the most important temple of the Shan State, Phanung Daw Paya as well as the “jumping cats” monastery. All floating on the lake, like in a dream.

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Posted by on January 15, 2019 in Blog, Burma


Golden Land-The Spires of Bagan

FlyingMonk Films is proud to announce the launching a new DVD/Blu Ray series about the cultural treasures of Myanmar.

“Golden Land-The Spires of Bagan” is the first of the 6 episodes that take a look at Bagan, the most prominent religious and political place of South-East Asia at the beginning of the last millennium.
The stupa ridden plain in front of the Irrawaddy River that at one point had more than 10000 monuments represented a hub for religious learning for 250 years and a beacon for the spreading of the Theravada Buddhism in the region.
Besides the history of the place and its architectural styles, the episode deals with the evolution of Buddhism and its syncretism with the animist religion of the nats of Mount Popa, spirits that played and are still playing an important role in the Burmese society.

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Golden Land – The Spires of Bagan

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Posted by on January 6, 2019 in Blog, Burma


Burma: Golden Land

We launched today a mesmerizing 25 minutes travel video about Burma or, as is currently known, Myanmar. It takes the viewer to the temple-ridden plains of Bagan, one of the most mysterious and sacred places of South East Asia, to the beautiful Innle Lake located in the middle of the Shan States, populated by the most diverse minorities in South East Asia, to the imperial cities surrounding the exotically named Mandalay, to the precariously hanging pagoda/rock of Kyaktiko ending in Yangon’s deeply spiritual Swedagon Paya, one of the most interesting religious architectural complexes in the world. We covered a lot of ground in the narration associated with the film: from history to legends, architecture and the zen traditions, customs and religions we tried as much as possible to approach most of the cultural issues you encounter in such a trip.

The travel video is the result of a lot of research and documentation we did before we left to Burma, but also of a lot of information we got on site, talking to people or listening to the stories coming from the locals. We shot a lot of footage and we ended up editing it to make a very pleasant and attractive presentation.

If you have any intention to visit these areas or other parts of Burma, or if you know for sure that you will never get there, watching this film will bring you the experience of being half there.

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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Blog, Burma