The people we met in Myanmar were by far the best part about the country.
Despite very recent government repression, violence and strict military control, the people we met in Myanmar were friendly, kind, and open. Every person we talked to had a story to tell, and people were happy to share about their lives and learn about ours. Many people told stories involving themselves or family members spending time in prison for government-perceived dissent, however all were hopeful that they can and will create a better Burma for the future.
One of the most surprising things about Myanmar was being able to connect with older people there. Burma was ruled as a British colony until 1948, so many people in their 50s and older are able to speak fluent English, which is not the case in most of Southeast Asia. Being able to speak to the older generation who lived through Burma’s politically contentious eras provided fascinating insight and understanding about the country.
This photo essay showcases the beautiful people in Myanmar (Burma) and their contagious smiles.
Have you been to Myanmar (Burma)? What was your experience with the people there like?
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