In pictures: Burma’s Buddhist monks

THE red robed monks of Burma (Myanmar) are a common sight wherever you go – travelling on public transport, in Internet cafes, at monasteries, markets, intersections and everywhere else in between. They are as much a part of the experience of being in Burma as the famed Shwedagon Pagoda or the Ayerwaddy River that snakes right through the country.

For many travellers to Burma, their interaction with the monk population of the country remains a highlight. These images feature Burma’s monks in all facets of life: at play, as tourists, alms collectors, animal lovers and devout Buddhists.

Boy monks on Yangon's circular train enjoying an afternoon ride.

Monks crossing the U Bein bridge in Mandalay.

Young monks playing by Shwedagon Pagoda.

Collecting alms in the early hours of the morning, Hsipaw.

A monk with his young charges on a ferry trip up the Ayerwaddy River.

Lighting candles at Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon.

Young nuns collecting alms in Bhamo's morning market.

Fast and furious action in afternoon games at a Mandalay monastery.

Flapping robes from public transport are a common sight. This monk hangs onto a local bus in Mandalay.

A long line of monks snakes across a busy Yangon intersection.

All photos taken by Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com