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Young monks in Yangon

January 15, 2012

Every Myanmar male is expected to take up monastic residence twice in his life – once between age 10 and 20 and then again after age 20.  Monasteries are also a place for poor families to send their children to receive a free education.

We walked into this monastery in Yangon as the young monks were studying. The room was only lit up by some sunlight shining through the cracks of the door and partially closed windows. What wonderful light. It required a fairly long exposure, but fortunately these young monks were supposed to be studying and sat fairly quiet (but I think we provided a welcomed distraction 🙂 ).

(click on any image to see a larger version)

For more images from my trip to Myanmar, please check out my website.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 15, 2012 9:29 pm

    Sweet photos Beate.

    I like the on of the monk on his belly reading. Such a good moment.

    Thanks for sharing these.

  2. January 16, 2012 12:58 am

    Hello Beate!

    Good images!

    I love the fourth one!

    My wife and I were in Myanmar in october. We so want to go back, and we will.


    • January 16, 2012 1:24 am

      Thank you Yves! I do want to go back to Myanmar also. Such an incredible place!

  3. January 16, 2012 9:02 pm

    super schön geworden , klasse bilder -tolles auge –gute idee
    mehr davon
    ganz lieben gruss von den strobels aus dem sonnigen süden portugal

  4. January 16, 2012 9:20 pm

    Lovely light and expressions in these Beate. You really captured the inner child wanting to escape from these disciplined students.

  5. January 17, 2012 1:01 am

    Hi Beate! I’ve enjoyed following your travels. Great set of images here. I especially love the second to last one, amazing!

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