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Friday - July 8th Live updates
Aung San Suu Kyi returns to Rangoon
12: 35 a.m.- BST

Aung San Suu Kyi and her entourage departed the Bagan airport this morning ending her four-day pilgrimage to Bagan, the country's largest ancient temple complex, Nyaungoo and Mount Popa. She arrived back in Rangoon at 10:30 a.m.
Aung San Suu Kyi at Rangoon International Airport on Friday morning after returning from Bagan.  Photo: Mizzima



Thursday - July 7th Live updates
Suu Kyi at Nyaung-U Market
7: 15 p.m.- BST


A crowd of well-wishers quickly gathered at the market area and lined the streets as her car returned to her hotel on Thursday evening, the last night of her four-day private pilgrimage to Bagan. Photo: MizzimaA detail of the crowd reaction upon seeing Suu Kyi up close. Photo: Mizzima
In the market, people presented Suu Kyi with gifts and began shouting their good wishes for her health. Photo: Mizzima
A crowd of several thousand people lined the streets around Naungoo Market in Bagan when Aung San Suu Kyi visited to do some shopping. Photo: Mizzima
Hotel River View stages dinner for Suu Kyi
6: 45 p.m.- BST

The Hotel River View in Bagan staged a dinner on Thursday night for Aung San Suu Kyi, her youngest son Htein Lin and the NLD 15-member security staff, according to Mizzima’s correspondent. The hotel, owned by Khin Maung Aye, the chairman of CB Bank, gave the dinner to mark the end of Suu Kyi's four-day tour of Bagan, her first trip outside of Rangoon since she was released from house arrest.

6: 30 p.m.- BST

Kim Aris aka Htein Lin, Suu Kyi's youngest son, inspects longyi at the Nyaungoo Market in Bagan. Photo: Mizzima

5: 22 p.m.- BST

On her last evening in Bagan, Aung San Suu Kyi visited the Nyaungoo Market where residents quickly gathered to offer her good wishes and gifts.

Concerned that the crowd was growing too fast, she bought a longyi and prepared to leave the area, but more people quickly gathered. Pople began shouting slogans such as “May Aunty Suu be Healthy,” and her security staff requested people not to shout greetings. She posed for many videos and photographs. A crowd of several thousand people were soon gathered along the road  north of Nyaung Oo Market.

Suu Kyi appeared to want her trip to Bagan to be low-key affair but wherever she went in the area she quickly attracted large crowds. She was accompanied by her youngest son, Kim Aris, aka Htein Lin. Her entourage will depart Bagan on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. on a flight to Rangoon.

5: 00 p.m.- BST

Suu Kyi has an audience with the abbot at the monastery where she donated robes to monks and posed for pictures in front of a very old tamarind tree. Photo: Mizzima
Suu Kyi listens to officials talk about the natural forest in the government-managed nature reserve in Ingyindaw on the outskirts of Bagan. Photo: Mizzima
Suu Kyi walks with officials at the nature and game reserve in Ingyindaw on Thursday morning. Photo: Mizzima Suu Kyi poses in front of a large tamarind tree at a monastery compound in the Zee-O-Thit-Hla village in Nyaungoo Township on Thursday, July 7, 2011. Photo: Mizzima
A high school teacher in Zee-O-Thit-Hla village describes the Ingyinndaw Nature Reserve on Thursday, July 7, 2011. Photo: Mizzima
Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her youngest son Kim Aris aka Htein Lin visit the Ingyinndaw Nature Reserve in Zee-O-Thit-Hla village in Nyaungoo Township  on Thursday, July 7, 2011. Photo: Mizzima
Suu Kyi visits Ingyinndaw Nature Reserve
2: 30 p.m.- BST




On Thursday, the fourth day of her personal pilgrimage in Bagan, Aung San Suu Kyi visited the Ingyinndaw Natural Reserve in Zee-O-Thit-Hla village in Nyaungoo Township.

The 40-acre reserve is under management of the Natural and Wildlife Reserve Department under the Ministry of Forestry.

There are about 180 houses in Zee-O-Thit-Hla. In response to Suu Kyi’s questions, villagers told her that they sometimes have difficulty accessing clean drinking water, according to Mizzima’s correspondent.

“Villagers including children, elderly women and students came to meet with her. About 300 villagers came. She asked them about their lives in the village. They said they had difficulty accessing clean water about 150 days of a year. They said that they had to drink river water at those times,” the correspondent said.

At around 1:00 p.m., Suu Kyi visited the monastery in the village and donated money to the abbot. Then she had photographs taken in front of a large tamarind tree called “Tamarind Nine Branches” in the monastery compound. The residents believe the tree is 1,000 years old. She arrived back at her hotel at 2:10 p.m.
Wednesday - July 6th Live updates
Suu Kyi met with Ashin Sandadika
7: 55 p.m.- BST

On Wednesday  evening, the third day of her four-day personal pilgrimage in Bagan, Aung San Suu Kyi met with Ashin Sandadika, the abbot of Shweparami Monastery, for one hour. Ashin Sandadika, 43, who also stayed at the hotel, told the security staff that he wanted to meet Suu Kyi, according to a staff member.

“Ashin Sandadika called Aung San Suu Kyi 'Amay (Mom) Su.' But, it was not a special meeting. The abbot said that he wanted to meet Suu Kyi so they met,” the staff member said. He said that he did not know what the abbot and Suu Kyi talked about.

Ashin Sandadika, who was born in Yaynanchaung in Magway Region, is well–known for  his religious writing and talks.

7: 25 p.m.- BST

Suu Kyi tours around Bagan city
7: 15 p.m.- BST

Wednesday evening Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi went to the U Ba Nyein Lacquerwear Shop in Bagan's Myothit Quarter and bought souvenirs. Then she went to the Bagan House Lacquerwear works before returning to her hotel.

Earlier, she had visited Wataw Monastery near Tharapa Door in Bagan where she donated Buddhist robes to the abbot. She promised the abbot that she would offer a donatation to support four Buddhist novices at the monastery until they become monks.
Suu Kyi's comment on Bagan trip
7: 00 p.m.- BST

Suu Kyi visits Mount Popa, signs autographs in Bagan
3: 30 p.m.- BST

Suu Kyi arrives back at hotel
1: 58 p.m.- BST
After Suu Kyi visited the forest area of Popa Mountain Road and a garden owned by a member of the National League for Democracy, she arrived back at her hotel on Wednesday afternoon. She had lunch at a small roadside food shop, which did not have a name, near Tharapa Door in Bagan.

“It's is a small roadside shop where workers have a meal, and it rests under an Albizzia Lebbek tree, up-country style. It's located among the temples and not sophisticated,” a correspondent told Mizzima.

While having lunch, Suu Kyi was greeted and observed by about 200 residents and foreigners. In response to requests, she signed photographs of herself and had photographs taken with people.

“Some girls requested Aunty Suu (Suu Kyi) to sign her autograph for them. Some girls cried. She attracted a large number of supporters,” the correspondent said. 

This four-day pilgrimage to Bagan is Suu Kyi’s first overnight visit. Her previous trip to Bagan was in 1988.  Staff at the hotel where she stays said Suu Kyi praised the beauty of Bagan and its food.
Suu Kyi returns to Bagan
1: 15 p.m.- BST
After Aung San Suu Kyi visited the forest area of  Popa Mountain Road in Kyaukpadaung Township, she returned to Bagan on  Byatta Garden Road, the entrance road into Bagan.

At around 11 p.m., Suu Kyi arrived at the forest managed by the Directorate of Forestry. Three female staff members welcomed her and described the trees and medicinal plants in the lush forest.

Suu Kyi also visited a garden owned by a member of the National League for Democracy in Kwetthit village in Kyaukpadaung Township.
Suu Kyi visits garden near Ingyinndaw
10:45 a.m.- BST
Suu Kyi visited a garden owned by an member of the National League for Democracy.

10: 26 a.m.- BST
On Aung San Suu Kyi's third day of touring the ancient temple complex of Bagan, she left her hotel in the morning to travel to Ingyinndaw near the foot of Tuyin Mountain in Kyaukpadaung Township. She is being accompanied by her son, Kim Aris of Britain, and a security entourage. During the second day of touring ancient temples, pagodas and stupas, she was enthusiastically welcomed by local residents at each temple site.

Tuesday - July 5th Live updates
Suu Kyi and her son tour temples in Bagan
6:50 p.m.- BST

2:51 p.m.- BST
Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her youngest son Kim Aris aka Htein Lin visited the Thetbinnyu Pagoda in Bagan on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Suu Kyi and her entourage have spent the morning visiting temples, stupas and other buildings in the ancient temple complex, which is one of the most spectacular sights in Asia. Hundreds of temples are spread out over dozens of square miles. One of her aides told the Associated Press that Suu Kyi plans to draw and paint while she is on her personal four-day pilgrimage.
Suu Kyi and son tour four temples in Bagan
1:51 p.m.- BST


Surrounded by her NLD security escort, Aung San Suu Kyi leaves the Ananda Phaya temple in Bagan on the second day of her four-day tour of the ancient temple complex. Photo: Mizzima Suu Kyi arrives a the Ma Nu Har temple in Bagan, where she is welcomed by a crowd of area residents, who have greeted her warmly at every stage of her tour of the Bagan temple complex. Photo: Mizzima Suu Kyi exits Thet Bin Nyu temple with her security escort. She is on the second day of her personal pilgrimage to the ancient temple site which is located south of Mandalay. Photo: Mizzima

1:30 p.m.- BST
Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her youngest son Htein Lin aka Kim Aris of Britain paid homage to Buddha at the Arnanda Pagoda in the Bagan temple complex on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Suu Kyi is on the second day of a four-day personal pilgrimage. Photo: Mizzima
Suu Kyi arrives at Myazedi Pagoda
12:10 a.m. - BST
 Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at Myazedi Pagoda in Bagan on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, the second day of her tour of the Bagan temple complex. Photo: Mizzima
The Myazedi Pagoda  trustees give Suu Kyi a bouquet to welcome her to the ancient temple site on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Photo: Mizzima
Suu Kyi warmly welcomed by residents
11:58 a.m. - BST
During Suu Kyi’s visit to pagodas in Bagan on Tuesday morning, she was warmly welcomed by the local residents. When she arrived at the pagodas, the  pagoda trustees presented her with bouquets. Suu Kyi also spoke with officials from the Mandalay Region National League for Democracy at her hotel before touring the pagodas.
Making merit
9:30 a.m. - BST
Aung San Suu Kyi began her planned visit to pay homage at the ancient Bagan pagodas on Tuesday morning. She first visited the Arnanda temple and then went on to the tallest temple, Thatbyinnyu, which contains the famous Myazedi inscription, and then on to Manuha temple.

Early in the morning, she told reporters that she has been happy with the trip after having been tied up with political party work in Rangoon, and added that she admired the good efforts of the staff at her hotel.



Monday - July 4th Live updates
8:30 p.m.
Authorities order Bagan temple trustees not to give Suu Kyi bouquets
The Nyaung Oo Township Administrative office chief has ordered the Bagan pagodas’ trustees not to give Suu Kyi a welcome or bouquets if she visits the pagodas and temples in Bagan and Nyaung Oo.  
 
“We vendors are not forbidden from giving her bouquets,” a souvenir seller from Shwesigon Pagoda told Mizzima.
8: 20 p.m.
Vendors and people in Nyaung Oo waiting to give Suu Kyi big welcome
The vendors and people in Nayung Oo heard on exile radio on Monday that Suu Kyi would tour the Bagan temple complex, and they are waiting to give her a big welcome and greeting bouquets on Monday morning at the Manuha Pagoda in Bagan.
 
“I waited for her until 2 p.m. She did not come so I came back. We will wait for her tomorrow and give her bouquets. It is not too difficult to see actors and actresses. To see our hero’s daughter, we have just a once-in-a-lifetime chance. I want to see her,” said a temple vendor in Nyaung Oo.
 
Meanwhile, some NLD members from Pakokku, Pwintphyu, Chauk, Kamma, and Kyaukpadaung townships have arrived in Bagan or Nayung Oo because they also want to meet Suu Kyi.
3:15 p.m.
Suu Kyi resting in hotel
Suu Kyi will not tour the Bagan temple complex on Monday, but will rest in the hotel, according to an NLD member who welcomed Suu Kyi and her entourage.
1:10 p.m.
Families of political prisoners cancel plan to meet Suu Kyi
The families of about 15 political prisoners around Bagan cancelled their plan to meet with Suu Kyi. “We cancelled because we don’t want to disturb her during her personal trip. Originally, we wanted to meet with her,” said Daw Htay, who lives in Nyaung Oo and is the wife of political prisoner Zaw Zaw, who served five-year prison term. The 15 political prisoners (with sentences of two years to 71 years) were sentenced for their political activities in the Kyaukpadaung, Myingyan and Nyaung Oo area in Mandalay Region in September and October 2009.

12:50 a.m.
Suu Kyi is accompanied by about 30 NLD security guards in civilian clothes posted inside and outside of the hotel in groups of four or five people. In addition, officers from the Special Branch Police and Military Affairs Security Unit are also posted in the area.

Suu Kyi visits Bagan

10:32
a.m.
Hotel staff greet Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she arrives at the Bagan Hotel River View on Monday, July 4, 2011. Photo: Mizzima

Aung San Suu Kyi is greeted in Naungoo Airport in Bagan by her son Htein Linn and young  members of the National League for Democracy on Monday, July 4, 2011. Photo :Mizzima
suu-kyi-arrives-naungoo-Airport

A Buddhist monk in Bagan holds a postcard of Aung San Suu Kyi to show his greetings, as Suu Kyi starts the first day of a four-day tour of the ancient temple site in central Burma.  Photo: Mizzima
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8:20 a.m.
Suu Kyi arrives in Bagan

Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at Nyaungoo airport in Bagan by Air Mandalay at 8:20 a.m. on Monday and arrived at her hotel, according to a Mizzima correspondent.

During 12 minute drive from the airport to the hotel in Bagan, various groups of people of five to seven greeted Suu Kyi.


Suu Kyi flies to Bagan on her first trip outside Rangoon
Chiang Mai (Mizzima) - Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi left for the ancient city Bagan, her first trip outside of Rangoon since her release from house arrest.

Suu Kyi arrived in Bagan on an Air Mandalay flight arriving at 8:20 a.m. on Monday morning.

Three of her party are National League for Democracy colleagues Han Thar Myint, Soe Win and Kyaw Soe Naing who accompanied her on the same flight for her security, according to a party officer Win Htein.

Suu Kyi will stay at the Bagan Hotel River View for four days and is scheduled to return to Rangoon this coming Friday, he said.

This is her first trip to a rural area since her release from house arrest in November 2010 amidst worries over her safety.

"Security was normal. The airline also have their own security arrangements so we don't need to do anything special," said Win Htein.

About 20 NLD members from Mandalay division branch are in Bagan to greet Suu Kyi, according to Win Htein.

Suu Kyi's younger son Htein Linn, who is visiting to Burma, left Rangoon for Bagan on Sunday by car along with 14 NLD youth members.
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