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Myanmar (Burma) : Mandalay

2.5 km (1.6 miles) SW of Kunywa, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
Approx. altitude: 281 m (921 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 21°S 85°W

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
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#2: View to the north from the degree confluence #3: Spectators east from the degree confluence #4: View from the degree confluence to the south against the sunlight #5: A small artificial lake west from the degree confluence called Taung Nan Tha Seh #6: GPS receiver display at the degree confluence #7: The degree confluence is in the middle of the photo as seen from the temple #8: Ma San Din fetching water from the small artificial lake #9: The view to the northeast from the temple #10: Satellite image of the degree confluence

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  21°N 95°E (visit #2)  

#1: The degree confluence is in front of the tree

(visited by Henk de Jong, Ko Nyunt Win and Ma Ni Ni Too)

03-Jan-2005 -- I visited Myanmar (Burma) for the first time in September 1997 and fell in love not only with the country, but also with a charming lady from Myothit (New Bagan) who is now my dear wife. Ma Ni Ni Too and I are both living together in The Netherlands since January 1998 and we try to visit our Myanmar family and friends at least once a year. It is on one of these occasions that I have visited the degree confluence near Bagan.

In the early morning, when it was still cool, my wife, two of her brothers and I went from Myothit with our pick-up to the small village Thedwin along the road from Nyaung U to Kyaukpadaung just past the branch to Mt. Popa. While one of my brothers-in-law stayed with the car, we went in a southwest direction guided by my GPS receiver to the foot of a small mountain range.

After an hour of pleasant cross country walking through bare fields with palm trees, passing small villages and crossing a broad dry riverbed we reached the degree confluence near the edge of a field.

While I was taking the photos at the degree confluence we were watched by some curious local people. I was surprised about the beautiful scenery around the spot. Northwest of the degree confluence is a small Buddhist temple called Taung Nan Tha Paya on a hilltop with good views over the surrounding landscape. At the bottom of this hill, west of the degree confluence, is a small artificial lake which get filled with rainwater during the monsoon and provides the local villagers with drinking-water.

I let the photos speak for themselves and hope you enjoy them!

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#1: The degree confluence is in front of the tree
#2: View to the north from the degree confluence
#3: Spectators east from the degree confluence
#4: View from the degree confluence to the south against the sunlight
#5: A small artificial lake west from the degree confluence called Taung Nan Tha Seh
#6: GPS receiver display at the degree confluence
#7: The degree confluence is in the middle of the photo as seen from the temple
#8: Ma San Din fetching water from the small artificial lake
#9: The view to the northeast from the temple
#10: Satellite image of the degree confluence
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