Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Bus companies, Bagan

During a recent holiday in Myanmar (hence the near absence of posting over the past few weeks) I came across hundreds of painted signs, mostly on wood and metal. With our days already very busy, I photographed only a fraction of them. Below is a small selection from the bus station of Nyaung U, which serves the Bagan area famous for its thousands of temples built between the 11th and the 13th centuries.

Some of these signs include elaborate drawings of buses.

The bus station consists of a row of open offices for the different companies that serve the town.

The Burmese script is very elegant, if slightly difficult to decipher for the average visitor to the country. Fortunately, there is always someone willing to help.

The Latin script is very rarely seen on painted signs. Only a handful of companies that target tourists use it to advertise their services.

Location: Main Road, Bagan / Pictures taken in January 2013


Sam Roberts said...

Am seriously regretting not including Myanmar on the route home to the UK. Laos is firmly on it though and I hope to post some photos of what I've found here soon...

helen said...

So colorful! Real gems.

Sebastien Ardouin said...

Thanks Helen.

Sebastien Ardouin said...

I hope you have a great time in Laos Sam. Such a wonderful country! And there is no lack of painted signs, especially in rural areas.