I found this scene from Shwedagon quite amusing and I hope you will like it too. Shwedagon area in Yangon is a fascinating place and a heaven for photographers. You have here interesting scenes with people and magnificent Asian architecture and atmosphere. It is pure delight. And somehow not specially popular here on TE. I do not know how many images of Buddha you see there but it must be many thousands.
In spite of its beauty and significance, still it is not UNESCO site.
The early history of Shwedagon here from Wikipedia:
According to legend, the Shwedagon Pagoda has existed for more than 2,600 years, making it the oldest historical pagoda in Burma and the world. According to tradition, two merchant brothers, Taphussa and Bhallika, from the land of Ramanya, met the Lord Gautama Buddha during his lifetime and received eight of the Buddha's hairs in 588 BC. The brothers traveled back to their homeland in Burma and, with the help of the local ruler, King Okkalapa of Burma, found Singuttara Hill, where relics of other Buddhas preceding Gautama Buddha had been enshrined. When the king opened the golden casket in which the brothers had carried the hairs, incredible things happened:
“ There was a tumult among men and spirits ... rays emitted by the Hairs penetrated up to the heavens above and down to hell ... the blind beheld objects ... the deaf heard sounds ... the dumb spoke distinctly ... the earth quaked ... the winds of the ocean blew ... Mount Meru shook ... lightning flashed ... gems rained down until they were knee deep ... all trees of the Himalayas, though not in season, bore blossoms and fruit. ”
According to some historians and archaeologists, however, the pagoda was built by the Mon people between the 6th and 10th centuries AD.
In 1996 Burma nominated eight properties for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. As of yet, none have been accepted and remain on UNESCO’s tentative list.
Tentative list of Myanmar
Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay
Badah-lin and associated caves
Bagan Archaeological Area and Monuments
Mon cities : Bago, Hanthawaddy
Myauk-U Archaeological Area and Monuments
Pyu Cities: Beikthano-Myo, Halin, Tharay- Khit-taya (Sri Ksetra)
Wooden Monasteries of Konbaung Period : Ohn Don, Sala, Pakhangyi, Pakhannge, Legaing, Sagu, Shwe-Kyaung (Mandalay)
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timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-15 3:24
a fascinating study this. A unique composition with wonderful detail and a real capture of a moment in time. It does look like an amazing place and this unique shot is both compelling and intriguing. Excellent and original imagery!
Have an enjoyable weekend - B.
ChrisJ (100602) 2014-03-15 3:30
Unusual to see a Buddha statue with an extended arm like this. I like the contrast between the modern and tradional with the seated man holding a cellphone yet still in traditional costume. Good sharpness and excellent colour and saturation. Tfs!
snunney (86264) 2014-03-15 3:34
An image that nicely blends the traditional with modern life. The square crop is ideal to capture all the relevant action. Top class technical presentation. Have a great weekend.
kasianowak (7193) 2014-03-15 4:39
Rzeczywiscie, zabawna scenka. :)
Swietnie pokazany kontrast miedzy tradycja i zachodnimi wplywami.
Sergiom (62748) 2014-03-15 6:29
Ce sont vraiment des statues très invitantes et surtout on a aucun problème à suivre la direction. Un beau mélange du moderne et de l'ancien avec ce cellulaire à l'oreille de l'homme assis .
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-03-15 8:20
scena ma bardzo fajny,radosny charakter,ale i ilosc rowznych detali sprawia,ze ciezo oderwac oczy od zdjecia.Nie trudno uwierzyc w twoje slowa,ze to prawdziwy raj dla fotografow.
Tutaj dodatkowo podoba mi sie uklad graficzny zdjecia-kolory,ich nasycenie i kontrast.Troche jak HDR-
w najlepszym tego slowa znaczeniu:)
Pozdrawiam i zycze milego weekendu
Noel_Byrne (25598) 2014-03-15 8:26
It is an interesting sight and one which makes me smile, those statues are quite forthright in telling people where to go! THe colors are superb, green and red and gold, all complimenting each other so well. The people are an important element here too, you caught both men in great poses as they look at your camera! Great note too, thanks!
rychem (25048) 2014-03-15 9:44
Fajne zdjecie, gdzie mieszaja sie postacie zywe i sztuczne, nowoczesne i historyczne, kolory i bogactwo zdobien sa niesamowite, dobrze podpatrzone
Sonata11 (33298) 2014-03-15 12:56
Witaj Malgorzato, fantastyczne ujecie tej sceny. Bajeczna kolorystyka. Swietna praca. Bardzo mi sie podoba.
Serdecznie pozdrawiam i zycze milej niedzieli, Barbara
adramad (39076) 2014-03-15 13:46
A fascinating picture of contrasts, first mannequins representing two monks, while a guy with traditional dhoti speaks by phone, and other very modern with cowboy pants, down the stairs, no doubt many contrasts on a background full of details .
Ideals these charming colors, in a picture perfect light, and with optimum sharpness.
Very good job. I love it.
Enjoy the weekend.
All the best, my friend.
carlo62 (35142) 2014-03-15 14:46
la scena è divertente e colorata, le statue hanno una veste tradizionale, mentre le due persone sono vestite in modo più attuale, i tempi cambiano, le mode cambiano.
Buona domenica, spero senza vento e pioggia
photoray (12761) 2014-03-15 15:03
Eclectic Yangon scene with humans and statues mixed together in a colorful blend of Myanmar clothing. And I particularly like the blue tile steps offset by the gold columns.
jjcordier (77356) 2014-03-15 23:53
Une scène intéressante,très colorée, avec de nombreux détails intéressants. Les statues semblent aussi vivantes que les visiteurs!
everlasting (14694) 2014-03-16 3:20
I have this photo also, with the same title:)
Bold colours and an informative note.
Do you know there is now wifi and an ATM in the pagoda!
holmertz (42683) 2014-03-16 3:37
A nice idea and an amusing title. A fine close-up from a small part of the fantastic Shwedagon, which must be one of the most impressive places I have seen.
Silvio1953 (125443) 2014-03-16 12:42
Ciao Malgorzata, lovely composition with beautiful statues, nice scene, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
PaulVDV (23035) 2014-03-16 14:43
I visited Shwedagon in 1997 in full rainy season and it kept on raining, raining and raining :)
And yet it was a amazing and very serene place.
I could have taken hundreds of pictures there but it was still the time before digital photography. So taking many pictures was quite expensive then, anyway much more expensive than it is now.
The golden colour is pretty predominant on the photo. Just like in reality.
One of these guys wears a jeans. If I remember well, in 1997 every man in Myanmar wore a longyi. There's another guy with a longyi but he doesn't look very happy with his cellphone :)
Best regards, Paul