Myanmar supporters of their U-23 football team at Yangon City Hall

Myanmar football fans watching the game of Myanmar U-23 vs Vietnam U-23 at the 28th ASEAN SEA Games heal in Singapore on an TV board in front of Yangon City Hall in Mahabandula Park on 13 June. Myanmar won Vietnam 2-1. Myanmar will go to the final to face off against the Thai U-23 football team on June 15. Photos: Hong Sar/Mizzima

Residents make merit

A bronze bell, which is 11,111 Viss in weight (1 Viss = 1.65 kilogramme), has been made in Pan Tae Tan in Tanpawady, Mandalay. The making of the bell was sponsored by Dawei residents to mark the 250th anniversary of the Dawei Shwe Taung Gyar Temple. The bell was cast by U Aung Than Maw, who has 30 years of experience in casting bronze. May 22, 2015. Photo: Bo Bo/Mizzima

Salt from the earth

More than 150 employees work to pump salty water from the ground, dry it, and collect in Thanphyu Zayat Township in Mon State. Once dry, it is packaged and sent to shops in the region or sold in the local markets. Photos: Hong Sar/Mizzima

Desperate times

Overfishing and fears of pollution cloud the future

A young fisherman collects fish at sea off the coast of Mon State. Fishermen now typically have to travel further out to sea in search of fish, due to overfishing by trawlers. Now, to complicate the matter, the Myanmar government and Toyo Thai company have signed an agreement to build a coal-fired power plant near Yae Township, prompting fears of pollution. Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima

Total devotion

A Hindu celebration at Sulamani Hill temple in Kyuta Lone village in Mudon township, Mon State on April 4, 2015. More than 100,000 people around Myanmar take part in this celebration at various sites. Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima

Handmade Chate Longyi from Amarapura

Care and dedication is needed in the production of the longyi, as seen here at the Shwe Sin Tai Silk House in Amarapura, Mandalay, Myanmar, April 26, 2015. The longyi is a cloth, about two meters long and 80 centimeters wide that is widely worn in Myanmar. Chate is the Myanmar name of the longyi design on the longyi. Myanmar Chate Longyi are handmade and famous for its fine arts and quality. Some fine Chate Longyi sell for K1,000,000 (about 850 euros) to K 1,500,000.

A rite of passage

In every Buddhist man’s life there comes a time to enter the monkhood

Novitation ceremony at an internally displaced peoples’ village in Kyutgyi Township, Bago Region on April 1. Buddhist novitation ceremonies around Myanmar differ, with various forms of transport, from horses to elephants. Photo: Hong Sar 

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