Burma is a country that, for many of us, only lives in our dreams. For years, it has been difficult for people to get into the country and experience its spectacular beauty.
Burma has long been known as a pariah state, isolated from the rest of the world with an appalling human rights record. From 1962 to 2011, the country was ruled by a military junta that suppressed almost all dissent and wielded absolute power in the face of international condemnation and sanctions. National Geographic Traveler and Fotopedia have set out to open our eyes with Dreams of Burma, an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
The app takes you on a photographic journey through the beauty of Burma using a collection of more than 1,000 photos and interactive maps. Inside its territory – which stretches from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal – are vibrant street food vendors, giant Buddha statues, temples, stupas, and tropical forests. Hot air balloons floating in the sunset over the beautiful temples, is truly a site to be seen.
The coolest thing about the app is that it recently got an update. Along with the magnificent photos there are navigation tags, social media share buttons, instant slideshows, wallpapers, and a “Trip Builder,” for you to create a virtual tour (until you get to experience the real thing). Download the app, and get a glimpse of some of the images you’ll soon be enjoying below.