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In 1988 there was a democratic movement which was brutally suppressed. An estimated 10,00 students, Buddhist monks and civilians were killed by the Burmese Army. After the world expressed its outrage, the ruling military dictatorship changed the name of the country from Burma to Myanmar, changed Rangoon to Yangon and Pagan to Bagan. Most opposition groups including Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (which won the 1988 elections but was prohibited from taking power) are opposed to the official use of the name Myanmar. Once one of the richest countries in the world, Burma is now one of the poorest.
Shwedagon Pagoda Young monk rings bell Boys becoming monks in the ceremony called Shin Pyu Ah Hiau Worshipers, real and plaster Image of the Buddha dressed in gold
Young monk in orange Floating restaurant on Lake Kan Daw Gyi Strand Hotel High Court seen from Democracy Monument Woman with sack on her head and paste on her face
Ferry boat Three wheeled taxi Sule Pagoda Women sweeping temple courtyard Polishing a Buddha image
Little monk and Buddha image Temple ceiling Temple pagoda Giant Reclining Buddha, Shwethalyaung Pagoda Grounds of a nunnery
Nuns Lake Inya by the University of Rangoon Bullock carts and temples Temples past wall Small temple in the open
Large temple Temple close up Horse and carriage Potato seller Most beautiful temple
White temple Temples aplenty Temples as far as the eye can see Sunset on the Irrawaddy River Sunset on Pagan (Bagan)
Man with water buffalos Farmers waiting for a bus Two carts on the road Boy and buffalos Wooden plank bridge
Coming and going at Heho market Baskets for sale Girl with ducklings Rice for sale Cart park
Barbershop Sellers Double feature Boat pullng away Floating fields
Farmers working the fields Home on the fields Farmers in a boat Lining up for lunch Monks accepting lunch
Monks at lunch The Buddha being worshiped Royal Palace Pagoda Royal Palace wives' quarters Royal Palace watchtower
Royal Palace moat #1 Royal Palace moat #2