Mandalay remains Myanmar's cultural capital even a century and a half after being ousted as a political capital by Yangon (Rangoon). This film shows some aspects of daily life, of the monks, nuns, sculptors and artisans who make the gold leaves that the faithful stick on the statues in the pagodas.

translation of comments in the film: minute 00:41: We made a triumphant entry into Mandalay, Myanmar's second city after the capital Yangon ... Our bus broke down about thirty kilometers from our destination and a charming truck driver took us to Mandalay in the dumpster of his truck ...

It gave us the opportunity to see the road differently.

minute 01:44: A scene from everyday life in a female monastery in Myanmar.

minute 03:14: The novices of Buddhist monasteries may be monks, but above all they remain children.

minute 04:19: The production of Buddha sculptures remains a very widespread activity in Myanmar.

minute 07:37: The fervor of the Buddhist faithful in Burma pushes them to cover with gold the statues of Buddha and certain sacred places like the Golden Rock. For this they use very fine gold leaves which are made in artisanal workshops like this one.

 

about the place, Mandalay:

Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, Mandalay is Myanmar's second city after Yangon (Rangoon). Founded in 1857 by King Mindon, Mandalay became the capital of the Konbaung dynasty in place of Amarapura.

It was also the last royal capital of Burma before annexation by the British in 1885. However, it remained a leading commercial and cultural center during the British era.

The city was devastated during the conquest of Burma by Japan in World War II and it became part of the newly independent Union of Burma in 1948.

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Mandalay, Myanmar