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BURMA-MYANMAR

Burma-Myanmar

Israeli Abroad has ventured throughout the world and has spent several years in Burma-Myanmar. Stories and info live from some of the most exotic locations.

AFC Football Myanmar vs. India

Myanmar vs. India AFC Football at the Thuwanna

Yangon’s Thuwanna Stadium played host to the FIFA AFC Football Qualifier between the White Angels and the Blue Tigers The 2017 FIFA AFC Football Asian Cup Qualifier match between Myanmar and India was played on March 28th at the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon and ended in a 1-0 result for the visiting team. For all the high-resolution […]

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Monks, Yangon, Myanmar

A Morning with the Monks of Myanmar

I recently had the opportunity to spend a morning with the monks of Myanmar and, as you would imagine, it was an unforgettable experience. Spending a morning with the monks of Myanmar is a must when traveling through the Golden Land. I headed near the Kabar Aye Pagoda for a morning walk with the monks. […]

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Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Stunning Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda

The Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda is a magnificent work of art located in Yangon One of Yangon’s more unique pagodas, Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda looms behind several large trees on Shwedagon Pagoda Road. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from the Sein Yaung Chi […]

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Bahadur Shah Zafar Grave, Yangon, Myanmar

The Mysterious Tomb of Bahadur Shah Zafar

The Tomb of Bahadur Shah Zafar is a stark reminder of the harsh British colonization of  India and Southeast Asia Bahadur Shah Zafar was the last emperor of the Mughal dynasty and his remains have been interned in the land of which he was exiled, modern-day Myanmar. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Tomb […]

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Rangoon War Cemetery, Yangon, Myanmar

The Immaculate Rangoon War Cemetery

Amidst the crowded streets and loud ruckus of day-to-day Yangon, the Rangoon War Cemetery is a welcome reprieve The Rangoon War Cemetery is a perfectly-kept grass rectangle hidden down a dark alley from small street food shops and local car repair joints. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Rangoon War Cemetary: Click Here For […]

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Taung Pulu Monastery, Yangon, Myanmar

Beautiful Views at Taung Pulu Monastery

The Taung Pulu Monastery is one example of the many hidden gems of Yangon “Off-the-beaten-path” is la régulière for seasoned travelers in Southeast Asia’s largest continental country and to find the Taung Pulu Monastery you’ll need to be determined and adventurous. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Taung Pulu Monastery: Click Here For High-Resolution Photos of my trip […]

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Maha Wizaya, Yangon, Myanmar

Magical Maha Wizaya Pagoda

 The Maha Wizaya Pagoda is an often overlooked gem located down the road from the Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon is flush with golden pagodas of all shapes and sizes and each is as unique as the previous. The Maha Wizaya Pagoda (Maha Wizara Pyay; on Google Maps: Mahavijaya Pagoda) is no exception, as the interior of […]

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Hlawga National Park, Myanmar

Real Myanmar Nature at Hlawga National Park

Hlawga National Park is a great way to see some Myanmar nature while in Yangon About an hour and a half north of the hustle and bustle of Myanmar’s largest city and former capital of Yangon is the Hlawga National Park. The jewel of a Myanmar nature preserve is flush with free-roaming monkeys, deer, elephants and […]

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Mitta U Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

The Mysterious Mitta Oo Pagoda in Myanmar

The Mitta Oo Pagoda is a local temple complex located down the road from the Kyain Thit Sar Shin Pagoda One of the things I love about Myanmar is that the dearth of available information (in English anyway!) on the internet makes travel around the Golden Land so fun and fascinating. The Mitta Oo Pagoda […]

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Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan, Myanmar

Photo Essay: People & Places of Bagan, Myanmar

The powerful people and picturesque places of Bagan, Myanmar World-renowned and recognized by UNESCO though visited by a fraction of the tourists which make their way to Angkor Wat, Cambodia, Bagan, Myanmar is a must-see for anyone making their way to Southeast Asia. For more information from our Travel Guide on Bagan: Click Here More on Bagan: Brilliant […]

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Bagan, Myanmar

The Extraordinary Plains of Bagan

The plains of Bagan rival Cambodia’s Angkor Wat in size and scale Perhaps only Cambodia’s more-famous Angkor Wat can rival Myanmar’s Bagan in terms of religious importance, size and scale in southeast Asia. For more information from our Travel Guide on Bagan: Click Here More on Bagan: Brilliant Bagan Sunrise in Myanmar: Click Here More on Bagan: Photo Essay: […]

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Bagan, Myanmar, Burma

Brilliant Bagan Sunrise in Myanmar

The Bagan sunrise is a must-see in Southeast Asia Thousands of temples dotting the landscape make the Bagan sunrise one of the best in the world. For more information from our Travel Guide on Bagan: Click Here More on Bagan: The Extraordinary Plains of Bagan: Click Here More on Bagan: Photo Essay: People & Places of Bagan, Myanmar: Click Here […]

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Mahar Kyain Thitsar Shin Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Kyain Thit Sar Shin Monastery

The Kyain Thit Sar Shin Monastery is a place you can’t believe isn’t more famous One of the more unique pagodas in Yangon is the Kyain Thit Sar Shin Monastery, a giant open-air Rakhine-style Gautama Buddha Image which can be seen from miles away. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Kyain Thit Sar Shin […]

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Shwe Indein Pagoda, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Inle Lake Life: Bamboo, Ancient Pagodas & More

Life on Inle Lake is simple yet refined – pagodas, open-air markets and hand-made boats of all shapes and sizes dot the lake Inle Lake in Shan State, Myanmar, features a myriad of pagodas and more! For more on Inle Lake, Myanmar: Hand-Rolled Smoke & Blacksmiths: Click Here For more Out and About on Inle […]

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Inle Lake, Myanmar

Inle Lake, Myanmar: Hand-Rolled Smoke & Blacksmiths

There is so much to see and do at Inle Lake, Myanmar, that you can spend days on the water and not catch it all There are few places on Planet Earth like Inle Lake, Myanmar – it’s a must-see destination in Southeast Asia. For more on Inle Lake: Bamboo, Ancient Pagods & More: Click […]

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Balance Fitness Charity Yangon Myanmar

Balance Fitness Center Charity Sports Day

Local Gym Balance Fitness Center hosted its 3rd Annual Charity Sports Day Yangon’s premier gym Balance Fitness Center holds an annual sports day for local underprivileged children and those from orphanages. During my time here in Southeast Asia, I’ve had the opportunity to  work with some local businesses and organizations to help the underprivileged, impoverished and […]

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Inle Lake, Myanmar, Burma

Out and About on Inle Lake: Part 1

Inle Lake is home to unique fish species and a unique single-legged method to catching them Myanmar’s Inle Lake is a massive body of water with full-on cities built right on the water with bamboo and even plumbing! For more on Inle Lake: Bamboo, Ancient Pagods & More: Click Here For more on Inle Lake, […]

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Elections, Yangon, Myanmar

2015 Myanmar Election Through the Lens

The 2015 Myanmar election shot live in Yangon by a diplomat’s spouse The opportunity to experience democracy in action during the 2015 Myanmar election was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. November 8th 2014 marked the day I proposed to my wife, a diplomat of the State of Israel, and I never thought that we would be celebrating […]

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Pindaya Cave, Shan State, Myanmar

Peaceful and Inspiring Pindaya Cave

The Pindaya Cave is a truly one-of-a-kind place unique to the hills of Shan State Myanmar has so much to offer that you can’t find anywhere else in the world and the Pindaya Cave is a perfect example. For more information on the Pindaya Cave: Click Here For High-Resolution Photos of my trip to the Pindaya […]

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Koe Htat Gyi Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Fast Times at Koe Htat Gyi

The Koe Htat Gyi Pagoda (Koehtatgyi) is a massive monument which stands testament to Burmese artistry They don’t call Myanmar the “Golden Land” for nothing, and the Koe Htat Gyi Pagoda is yet another example of gold mixed with ingenuity and devotion to Buddhism. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Koe Htat […]

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Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

The Dark and Desolate Nga Htat Gyi

The Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda is an enormous Gautama Buddha Image centrally-located in Yangon The Golden Land is filled with massive pagodas and the Nga Htat Gyi (Ngahtatgyi) is a testament to the Burmese use of gold and design to create a brilliant Image. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Nga Htat […]

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Wijuwedo Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Off the Grid in Yangon: Wijuwedo Paya

Day-trip to the Wijuwedo Pagoda and you won’t forget it! Close to Yangon but still ‘off-the-grid,’ the Wijuwedo Pagoda stands tall in the jungle. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Wijuwedo Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Wijuwedo Pagoda: Click Here The phrase “off the grid” in Myanmar is […]

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Swal Daw Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Swal Daw Pagoda aka Swe Taw Myat Paya

The Swe Taw Myat Pagoda is a gorgeous gold and white dome standing over Yangon’s north The Swe Taw Myat Pagoda in Yangon’s North is a welcome respite from the more touristy pagodas of its center and south. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Swe Taw Myat Pagoda: Click Here For all the […]

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Meilamu Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Massive Statues of Meilamu

The Meilamu Pagoda is a Disneyland-like playground of Pagodas north of Yangon There is so much to see and do in Yangon and one thing not to be overlooked on your travels is the Meilamu Pagoda. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Meilamu Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from […]

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Brilliant Botahtaung Pagoda & Jetty

The Botahtaung Pagoda & Jetty is a terrific stop when in downtown Yangon Less well-known than the Sule Pagoda, the Botahtaung Pagoda located on a jetty that shares its same name is a brilliant stop when traveling through downtown Yangon. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Botahtaung Pagoda: Click Here For all […]

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Kabar Aye Pagoda, Myanmar

Kabar Aye Pagoda & Mahapasana Cave

The Kabar Aye Pagoda & Mahapasana Cave complex are prominent landmarks near Inya Lake Yangon’s Inya Lake houses two huge pieces of modern Myanmar history in the form of the Kabar Aye Pagoda and Mahapasana Cave. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Kabar Aye Pagoda: Click Here For more information from our […]

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Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple, Yangon Myanmar

The Tremendous Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple

The Reclining Buddha of Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple is a masterpiece of Burmese craftsmanship Huge Buddha Images are not uncommon in the Golden Land and the Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple is a shining example of that. For more information on the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, visit the travel guide here: Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple For all the […]

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Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, Yangon, Myanmar, Burma

Walking the History of the Jews of Burma

The Jews of Burma have a long and interesting history The history of the Jews of Burma is linked to that of Myanmar’s largest cities and grandest institutions. To read the Travel Guide about the Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue: Click Here For all my High-Resolution images of the Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue: Click Here Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) […]

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Sule Pagoda

Sule Pagoda & Maha Bandula Garden

The Sule Pagoda & Maha Bandula Garden can be visited together in downtown Yangon Yangon has many beautiful features and the Sule Pagoda packs both beauty and political meaning into one brilliant spire. To read the Myanmar Travel Guide visit the blog here: Sule Pagoda For all my High-Resolution images: Click Here 100+ Fahrenheit didn’t stop […]

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Ho de Yangon Zoo ho de

The Yangon Zoo is one of Myanmar’s most prestigious zoological gardens If you’ve ever wanted to get a taste of wild Myanmar, head to the Yangon Zoo and be prepared to sweat! Check out the Travel Guide to the Yangon Zoological Gardens by Clicking Here For High-Resolution Photos of my trip to the Yangon Zoo: […]

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Inya Lake

Of Tropical Diseases and Beautiful Lakes

Of Tropical Diseases and Beautiful Lakes – Checking out Inya Lake in Northern Yangon Surrounded by new developments and dilapidated old ones, Inya Lake is a part of Yangon’s long and storied history. For Myanmar Travel Guide information on Inya Lake: Click Here For all my high-resolution photos of Inya Lake in Yangon, Myanmar: Click […]

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Photo Journal: Kyauk Taw Gyi Marble Buddha

The Kyauk Taw Gyi Marble Buddha is an unbelievable work of art Of all of Myanmar’s incredible pagodas, the Kyauk Taw Gyi Marble Buddha is certainly one of the most impressive. For all my high-resolution images of the Kyauk Taw Gyi Marble Buddha: Click Here Yangon is flush with Pagodas of every shape and size. While looking […]

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Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon Myanmar

Photo Journal: Shwedagon Pagoda

The world-famous Shwedagon Pagoda is more impressive in person than in photos or videos The Shwedagon Pagoda is a pillar of Myanmar Buddhism and is as revered as it is incredible. For all my High-Resolution images of the Shwedagon Pagoda: Click Here For all my High-Resolution images of the Shwedagon Pagoda at Night: Click Here The Shwedagon Pagoda located in […]

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IsraeliAbroad (formerly SidepieceDiplomat) was started as a passion project by amateur photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!

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IsraeliAbroad was started as a passion project by photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!