Portraits of Mandalay

Spend the day meeting some of the inspiring people that live in Mandalay. Gain an insight into their lives by asking questions and listening to their fascinating stories.

Meet Linn Pin Zaw, a forward-thinking and self-taught graffiti artist. He is popular among Mandalay locals for drawing the famous “Stop Riot” illustration for Myanmar-Muslim peace.

Professional gym trainer and fitness model, Su Pyae Thin Thin, is next on the itinerary. In addition to working out every day, she also stars in commercial photo shootings in Mandalay.

Then, head to Amarapura Township to meet with U Chit Mya, one of a few artists who is keeping the dying art of bottle and glass painting alive. Taught by his grandfather, he creates beautiful paintings on dried gourd shell and coconut shell as well as glass and bottles. His wife helps him with the drawings and his eldest son is an expert in making wooden floral reliefs.

If time permits, walk along the 1.2 kilometre-long wooden U Bein Bridge before transferring back to Mandalay. On arrival, escape the afternoon heat with a locally made ice cream or cold drink at a local ice-cream bar.