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Letters from Burma (2013)


In February, 2013 I traveled to Burma to discover a country of mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the nicest people that I’ve ever met.

From golden-gilded Buddha's in Yangon, the mystique of Mandalay and the magical temples of Bagan to the tranquility of Inle Lake, Burma excite, impress and intrigue.

Burma is the land of Buddha, at least if you ask its inhabitants. In 1989, the military government announced that Burma would now be called “Myanmar” in order to reshape the history and past of the country’s ethnic minorities.

though the U.S. State Department and others continue to call it Burma—fell into isolation and decrepitude: today, it is the second-poorest nation in Asia, after Afghanistan, with a per capita income of $469 a year.

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My purpose was to experience the South-East Asia of twenty years ago.

Yet the question of whether it is acceptable to visit a country long ruled by a military dictatorship has not gone away. A few years ago the answer was clear; today, it is less so.

To see more pictures don't miss the video "Road to Mandalay"


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Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, Tino Soriano divides his work between photojournalism and travel photography. He has been honored with numerous national and international awards from groups such as World Press Photo, UNESCO, and FotoPres, among others...

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