February 2013 Photo Essay: Myanmar

Over winter break, Cristina Garafola and several SAIS classmates traveled to Myanmar, where they studied Burmese intensively and met with political and economic actors engaged in reform efforts. Cristina’s photos, and an interview with Southeast Asia Studies concentrator Anne Gillman, are featured in our February 2013 issue.

Cristina’s frequently-updated personal blog, China on the Rise, features content related to current events in China. You can also read about her experiences at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center from 2011 to 2012.

A watchtower overlooking the pagodas in Bagan

A father and son in the stream of pilgriams at Kyaiktiyo Pagoda 2

Close-up of a buddha statue with gold leaf applique 2

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, the 2nd holiest Buddhist site in Burma 2

Pagodas dot the landscape in Bagan

Shwethalyaung Buddha, the 2nd largest reclining buddha in the world

A woman praying at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Close-up of a buddha statue with gold leaf applique

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, the 2nd holiest Buddhist site in Burma

Sunset in Bagan 2

Meeting ASSK