John and Glenda in Myanmar travel blog

At the fort







Another beautiful sunset



Friday. We have two stops today. The first was at Minhla for a walking tour which took us to Minhla Fort, built by Italian engineers in 1860 to keep British forces out of Burma. We then walked into town and the main market area. The people continue to be very friendly and amused by our presence - they obviously do not see many tourists.

Later we cruised a little further up River to Magwe to visit Myathalon Pagoda which is another magnificent shrine overlooking the river bank. It's the biggest in the area with lots of gilded buildings. Our bus took us past an area with thousands of statues pointing towards a large Buddha statue. These were donated by wealthier individuals and businesses from the area.

More colonial buildings in this town but also a lot of more modern multi story buildings.

A park with not much grass but a few shrubs contained a statue of General Aung San "Bagyoke", founder of the modern Burmese army (also father of current leader Aung San Sui).

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