Halloween celebrations in Bangkok

epaselect epa07962641 A Thai man wears make-up and costume as he sits inside a McDonald's fast food restaurant at the Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand, 31 October 2019. The Khao San Halloween 2019 is held to mark the annual Halloween day celebration. EPA-EFE/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Myanmar Rakhine State unrest

epa06969137 Myanmar border guard police stands guard near the fence of Rohingyas refugees makeshift houses at the 'no man's land' zone between the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Maungdaw district, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 24 August 2018. The Rohingya crisis started in August 2017, when Rohingya militants launched a series of attacks on multiple Myanmar government posts in the region, leading the army to unleash a large military campaign that drove around 700,000 Rohingyas across the border and declaration of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a Rohingya insurgent group active in northern Rakhine State, as a terrorist group on 25 August 2017 by the Myanmar Central Committee for Counter Terrorism. EPA-EFE/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Protest against military coup in Yangon

epa09035621 A demonstrator kneels as he protests against the military coup while riot police advance on a street as tensions rise in Yangon, Myanmar, 25 February 2021. Anti-coup demonstrations continued amid regional diplomatic attempts to reach a resolution to weeks of unrest caused by the military coup. EPA-EFE/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Land of Jade

epa07731035 A photo taken with slow shutter speed shows miners searching for Jade stones at the HpaKant jade mining area, in Kachin State, northern Myanmar, 16 July 2019 (issued 21 July 2019). Tens of thousands of Myanmar youth come to Hpakant, the so-called land of Jade, with the hope of escaping from poverty and making money with Jade mining. But many of these migrant workers instead become addicted to cheap heroin and other drugs. Hpakant region lies in the far northern most Kachin state of Myanmar. It is a harsh and poor region that produces huge wealth for some as its land holds the rare mineral jadeite, the world's highest quality jade. EPA-EFE/NYEIN CHAN NAING ATTENTION: This Image is part of a PHOTO SET

Protest against Myanmar coup, in Yangon

epa08995365 Demonstrators gather during a protest against the military coup at Hledan junction in Yangon, Myanmar, 08 February 2021. Thousands of people took to the streets for a third day of mass protests against the military coup in Yangon. Myanmar's military seized power and declared a state of emergency for one year after arresting State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar President Win Myint in an early morning raid on 01 February. EPA-EFE/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Disinfection amid coronavirus pandemic in Yangon

epaselect epa08372764 Firefighters spray disinfectant at a market to curb the spread of coronavirus in Yangon, Myanmar, 20 April 2020. Countries around the world are taking increased measures to stem the widespread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the Covid-19 disease. EPA-EFE/NYEIN CHAN NAING

U Pain bridge in Mandalay

epa08286130 People walk on U Pain (U Bein) Bridge during the sunset at Taungthaman lake in Mandalay, Myanmar, 28 December 2015. The footbridge, stretching 1.2 km over Taungthaman Lake connecting its two banks near Amarapura, attracts local and foreign visitors alike. Built by village mayor U Paing around 1850, it is considered the longest teakwood bridge in the world. EPA-EFE/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Myanmar

epa08135445 Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi (R) waits for the arrival of Chinese President Xi at the presidential house in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 17 January 2020. President Xi is on a two-day official visit to Myanmar. EPA-EFE/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Janmai Baptist IDP camp in Myitkyina

epa03931494 A Kachin girl looks out from her house at the Je Yang Camp in Laiza, Kachin State, Myanmar, 31 October 2013. Since 2011, thousands of local people have left their homes and took shelter in refugee camps to escape the ongoing battles between the Myanmar government's troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING PROTECTIVE REPEAT

27th Myanmar SEA Games weightlifting tournament

epa03989018 A cartoon figure on the left shows how its done to Pyae Phyo of Myanmar who fails to complete the lift during the clean and jerk discipline of the men's 56kg final at 27th SEA Games weightlifting tournament in Yangon, Myanmar, 13 December 2013. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Kachin ethnic people search for gold

epa03929154 A photo made available on 29 October 2013 shows Kachin ethnic people search for gold at the Irrawaddy Myitsone, Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar, 28 October 2013. Some Kachin ethnic people pan for gold at the bank of Irrawaddy river near Irrawaddy Myitsone to get 5,000 Kyats to 15,000 Kyats (04 to 12 Euro) per day. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

27th SEA Games - Bodybuilding

epa03992170 Ngai Hoeng Wong of Malaysia performs during the men's 90kg bodybuilding final competition of the 27th Southeast Asian Games (SEA) Games in Yangon, Myanmar, 15 December 2013. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Myitsone area in Kachin State

epa03963061 A photo made available on 24 November 2013 shows a general view of the Myitsone area on a bank of the Irrawaddy river at Irrawaddy Myitsone, near the Myitsone dam project, Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar, 28 October 2013. The Myitsone Dam project began in 2009, when Myanmar was still under the rule of a junta. It was initially scheduled to be completed in 2017. China Power Investment Corporation (CPI), the contractor, had designed the dam to be the world's 15th largest hydroelectric power station, producing up to 6,000 megawatts of electricity. 90 percent of that power was to be exported to neighboring Yunnan province in south-west China. The dam, sitting on the Irrawaddy, Myanmar's longest river, was fiercely opposed by the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), an armed insurgency that has been fighting for the partial autonomy of the Kachin state for the past five decades. In 2011, KIO troops blocked the roads transporting construction materials to the dam and blew up bridges linking Kachin state to China. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

KyaikHtiYo pagoda prayers

epa04137834 People and Buddhist monks apply gold leaves to the KyaikHtiYo pagoda in KyaikHto township, Mon State, Myanmar, 23 March 2014. KyaikHtiYo pagoda or Golden Rock pagoda is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site and also tourist attraction in Myanmar and it is 160km away from Yangon. The pagoda is 1100km above sea-level. Weight of the Rock and Stupa is over 600 Tons and balancing on the edge of of Mt. Kyaiktiyo. KyaikHtiYo is a famous pilgrimage site for Buddhists among Asian countries. In Mon language, 'KyaikHtiYo' means 'Stone with the shape of the head of Hermit'. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Myanmar people celebrate the Thingyan festival

epa04165294 Children in Myanmar traditional dresses participate in the opening ceremony of the Yangon mayor water festival in Yangon, Myanmar, 13 April 2014. The annual water festival is celebrated with large groups of people congregating to celebrate by splashing water and throwing powder at each others faces as a symbolic sign of cleansing and washing away the sins from the old year to mark the traditional New Year in countries such as Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Myanmar's book rental culture fades away

epa04149090 A photo made available on 01 April 2014 shows a boy sleeping among the books at a roadside book stall in Yangon, Myanmar, 31 March 2014. The practice of renting books in Myanmar, which was closed off to western influences longer than it's neighbours thanks to the xenophobic foreign policies and thought-control practices of its past military rulers, was not immediately impacted by the arrival of television, but eventually TV became more popular and widespread. The decline in the book rental business was further accelerated by the spread of pirated VCDs and DVDs, as the military's controls over the flow of information deteriorated in the past decade. Many former book rental shops have converted themselves into VCD/DVD rental shops instead. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Pro-democracy rally

epa04048101 Thai pro-democracy activists hold candles and placards during a rally to show support for the upcoming general election in Bangkok, Thailand, 30 January 2014. Thailand is to proceed with the 02 February general elections despite rising politically related violence and concerns that the polls will face problems, officials said. The decision not to postpone the polls was made at a meeting between representatives of the Election Commission, which had suggested the election be rescheduled in four to five months, and caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and cabinet ministers. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Myanmar's book rental culture fades away

epa04149088 A photo made available on 01 April 2014 shows a girl browsing the comic books for rent at a book rental shop in Yangon, Myanmar, 31 March 2014. The practice of renting books in Myanmar, which was closed off to western influences longer than it's neighbours thanks to the xenophobic foreign policies and thought-control practices of its past military rulers, was not immediately impacted by the arrival of television, but eventually TV became more popular and widespread. The decline in the book rental business was further accelerated by the spread of pirated VCDs and DVDs, as the military's controls over the flow of information deteriorated in the past decade. Many former book rental shops have converted themselves into VCD/DVD rental shops instead. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy visits to Leprosy resettlement village

epa04288946 Patients affected by leprosy disease lie in bed inside their nursing home in Mayanchaung Resettlement Village, Hlegue township, ourskirt of Yangon, Myanmar, 29 June 2014. Yohei Sasakawa, World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and chairman of the Nippon Foundation, visited people affected by leprosy on 29 June 2014 to raise awareness among the public on the medical and social stigma attached to the disease. Myanmar achieved the WHO elimination level in 2003, which is having less than one patient per 10,000 populations, but at least 3,000 new cases of leprosy are being reported each year. The total number of new cases reported in 2013 was 2950, according to the Nippon Foundation media note. Mayanchaung resettlement village was established in March 1989, with a current population of about 1,600. Among the residents, there are 140 people affected by leprosy. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

KIA soldier in front line

epa04030472 A picture made available on 19 January 2014 shows a Buddhist nun sitting by the fire to keep warm in Homain village, Nansam Township, Northern Shan State, Myanmar, 13 January 2014. Myanmar's opium production in 2013 was expected to reach 870 tons, a 26-per-cent increase year-on-year, for a 13-per-cent increase in cultivated area, the United Nations said. Last year, Myanmar produced an estimated 690 tons of opium, compared with 41 tons in Laos and 3 tons in Thailand, the three significant producers in South-East Asia. Myanmar was the world's largest source of opium and its derivative heroin in the early 1990s, but is now ranked second after Afghanistan. Myanmar's northern Shan State, home to several insurgencies including the Shan State Army and United Wa State Army, accounted for 92 per cent of opium poppy cultivation this year, with the remainder located in neighbouring Kachin State, where government troops and the Kachin Independence Army have been fighting since 2011, the report said. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Myanmar releases prisoners under President's amnesty

epa04006943 A woman prisoner holds her child as she walks out from the Insein prison, Yangon, Myanmar, 03 January 2014. Myanmar's government announced an amnesty on 02 January 2014 that will reduce dead sentences to life time imprisonment, life time imprisonment and above 40 years imprisonment to 40 years imprisonment and 40 years and under 40 years under imprisonment to reduce one fourth of their imprisonment. The amnesty is to mark the Myanmar's 66th Independence day which will hold on 04 January 2014. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

surveying the ruins

epa03467964 A Buddhist monk stands inside the damaged building in a monastery, KhuLe village, SintKu township, Mandalay Division, Myanmar, 12 November 2012. A strong earthquake has rocked central Myanmar with at least 12 people feared dead and dozens more injured. The 6.8-magnitude quake struck some 120km north of the second-largest city of Mandalay, at a depth of 10km. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Zat Pwe Performance during Pagoda Festival

epa04177150 A picture dated 18 April 2014 shows a dancer looking at a mirror while other dancers take a nap as they wait to perform during a pagoda festival in WarPaloutThout village, Kawmhu township, Yangon, Myanmar. Zat Pwe is a Myanmar traditional dance which is mostly performed during pagoda festivals. Dancers and comedians wearing royal traditional costumes perform all night till early morning. Zat Pwe tells the stories about the lives of Buddha or kings. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Hindu people celebrate Goddess Kali festival

epa04097656 A Hindu devotee (C) walks on the hot charcoal during the Goddess Kali festival in Yangon, Myanmar, 23 February 2014. Devotees of Hindu god Kali from Myanmar celebrate the festival with piercings on their body, walking on hot charcoal and donating the food and drinks to people. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets with media

epa04477396 Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (R) leaves after a press meeting at the National League for Democracy (NLD) party headquarters in Yangon, Myanmar, 05 November 2014. Suu Kyi is to pay her first official visit to China next month, members of her party said. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

KyaikHtiYo pagoda prayers

epa04137849 A laborer carries bags with baskets at KyaikHtiYo pagoda in KyaikHto township, Mon State, Myanmar, 23 March 2014. KyaikHtiYo pagoda or Golden Rock pagoda is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site and also tourist attraction in Myanmar and it is 160km away from Yangon. The pagoda is 1100km above sea-level. Weight of the Rock and Stupa is over 600 Tons and balancing on the edge of of Mt. Kyaiktiyo. KyaikHtiYo is a famous pilgrimage site for Buddhists among Asian countries. In Mon language, 'KyaikHtiYo' means 'Stone with the shape of the head of Hermit'. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Zat Pwe Performance during Pagoda Festival

epa04177154 A picture dated 16 April 2014 shows members of a Zat Pwe troup having some rest backstage during a pagoda festival in Bago, north-east of Yangon, Myanmar. Zat Pwe is a Myanmar traditional dance which is mostly performed during pagoda festivals. Dancers and comedians wearing royal traditional costumes perform all night till early morning. Zat Pwe tells the stories about the lives of Buddha or kings. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Explosion at a warehouse in Yangon kills at least 16

epa03044583 A woman carries her belongings after an explosion at a warehouse in the Mingalar TaungNyunt township, Yangon, Myanmar, 29 December 2011. A fire that set off a series of chemical explosions at a Yangon warehouse complex early 29 December and killed at least 16 people, including five firefighters, and injured 85, police said. The fire broke out about between 1:30 and 2 am (1900-1930 GMT 28 December) in a group of government-run warehouses in Myanmar's largest city Yangon. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Zat Pwe Performance during Pagoda Festival

epa04178088 A member of the Zat Pwe wearing traditional attire waits backstage during a pagoda festival in WarPaloutThout village, Kawmhu township, Yangon, Myanmar, 17 April 2014. Zat Pwe is a Myanmar traditional dance which is mostly performed during pagoda festivals. Dancers and comedians wearing royal traditional costumes perform all night till early morning. Zat Pwe tells the stories about the lives of Buddha or kings. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

KIA soldier in front line

epa04030464 A picture made available on 19 January 2014 shows a soldier of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) sits by the fire in Nanparkyaing village, Mantone Township, Northern Shan State, Myanmar, 15 January 2014. Myanmar's opium production in 2013 was expected to reach 870 tons, a 26-per-cent increase year-on-year, for a 13-per-cent increase in cultivated area, the United Nations said. Last year, Myanmar produced an estimated 690 tons of opium, compared with 41 tons in Laos and 3 tons in Thailand, the three significant producers in South-East Asia. Myanmar was the world's largest source of opium and its derivative heroin in the early 1990s, but is now ranked second after Afghanistan. Myanmar's northern Shan State, home to several insurgencies including the Shan State Army and United Wa State Army, accounted for 92 per cent of opium poppy cultivation this year, with the remainder located in neighbouring Kachin State, where government troops and the Kachin Independence Army have been fighting since 2011, the report said. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

U Bein Bridge near Amarapura

epa04302660 Buddhist monks walk on the U Paing (U Bein) Bridge in Mandalay, Myanmar, 06 July 2014. The footbridge stretches 1.2 km over Taungthaman Lake connecting its two banks near Amarapura. Built by village mayor U Paing around 1850, it is considered the longest teakwood bridge in the world. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Temporary relief camp after Cyclone Mahasen

epa03705685 A Rakhine boy offers food to the Buddhist monk at the Min Gan Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps near Sittwe in Rakhine State, Western Myanmar, 18 May 2013. A total of 13 people were confirmed dead in neighboring Bangladesh as people began to return home from shelters, a day after Cyclone Mahasen hit the coast, officials said 17 May. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Myanmar authorities move refugees to safe places for Cyclone Mahasen

epa03701472 A boy carries his belonging as he leaves the Ohn Taw refugee camp near Sittwe in Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 15 May 2013. Regional authorities of Rakhine State moved refugees from Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps as a precaution against Cyclone Mahasen, a cyclone threatening the coastal areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Myanmar water

epa03641284 A woman drives her bullock cart as she carries water for drinking from the stream at Theik Chaung, Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 26 March 2013. According to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization FAO, Myanmar is endowed with abundant water resources, but there are problems regarding to their distribution. Groundwater is mostly used for domestic purposes. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Aung San Suu Kyi visits Lappadaung copper mine following report

epa03623541 Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (R) receives kiss from a worker who work at the copper mine project , Monywa, Sagaing Division, Myanmar, 14 March 2013. A report published on 12 March 2013 states that Myanmar riot police used white phosphorus smoke grenades to disperse protesters near the copper mine last year, severely injuring more than 100 people. An investigation by the Lawyers Network of Myanmar and the US organization Justice Trust into the 20 November 2012 police crackdown on protesters at the Letpadaung copper mine in the Sagaing region found that white phosphorus, which causes chemical burns, was used to disperse the demonstration. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

USAID Administrator in Myanmar

epa03613612 Workers pack medicine which is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), at the central ware house where USAID funded commodities are packed and distrubuted, in Yangon, Myanmar, 07 March 2013. The Administrator of USAID, Dr. Rajiv Shah, and a delegation are currently in Myanmar for an official visit and will met a range of development partners and USAID-supported projects. Shah's visit follows the US-Burma Partnership for Democracy, Peace and Prosperity that US President Barack Obama launched during his historic visit to the country in November 2012. USAID-supported projects and will make important announcements about future USAID programs. Dr. Shah's visit build up on the U.S- Burma Partnership for Democracy, Peace and Prosperity that U.S. President Barack Obama launched during his historic visit to the country in November 2012. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is freed

epa02445420 Supporters of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi outside her house call for freedom in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), 13 November 2010. Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), was set free from house arrest 13 November after she and her party were not allowed to contest in the elections held on 07 November. The last election was won by the NLD led by Aung San Suu Kyi, who was under house arrest at the time, but the junta blocked the NLD from power and has kept Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi under house arrest for 15 of the past 20 years. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Taekwondo Absolute Legend on tour

epa02758764 A member of the Korean Taekwondo Absolute Legend (TAL) plays the drums during a performance as part of the TAL World Tour 2011 at the National Theatre in Yangon, Myanmar, on 29 May 2011. TAL, who combine Taekwondo, traditional dances and percussion, are going to tour Vietnam, China, the UAE, USA, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil and Argentina. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Women prisoners walk out at the central Insein Prison

epa02737355 Women prisoners walk out from the gate at the central Insein Prison, Yangon, Myanmar, on 17 May 2011. An official from the prison department said 14.600 prisoners will be released from prisons all over the country but he didn't mention how many political prisoners will be included. State television and radio reported that President Thein Sein signed a 'general amnesty' order on humanitarian grounds commuting death sentences to life imprisonment and cutting one year from convicts' prison terms. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

Pagoda Festival in Yangon

epa03052874 Myanmar people try to catch the money thrown by wellwishers during the Pagoda Festival in Yangon, Myanmar 08 Jaunary 2012. According to Buddhist tradition, the month-long festival, which falls in January every year, symbolizes the boundless wisdom of Buddha. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

A girl carries a box of noodles

epa02659435 A girl carries a box of noodles in Talay, Shan State, Myanmar, 29 March 2011, after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake had hit the region 24 March. Following the quake the government dispatched a team of doctors to the area and invited foreign aid agencies to assist the victims of the quake. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING
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