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Pritts to Lead January 2018 Trip to Myanmar

Reposted from CALS News [2017-08-02]:

‘Enchanted Myanmar’ is a trip open to alumni and friends of Cornell that will celebrate 50 years of field-based learning of Cornell’s first and longest-running experiential learning course. Above, students explore the floating gardens at Inle Lake by boat during a trip to Myanmar in January.

‘Enchanted Myanmar’ is a trip open to alumni and friends of Cornell that will celebrate 50 years of field-based learning of Cornell’s first and longest-running experiential learning course. Above, students explore the floating gardens at Inle Lake by boat during a trip to Myanmar in January.

Alumni and friends of Cornell will have the opportunity to visit sacred and historic sites, plantations and more on a trip to Myanmar over the winter break.

The trip, “Enchanted Myanmar,” also celebrates 50 years of field-based learning in Cornell’s first and longest-running experiential learning course: International Agriculture and Rural Development 602 (IARD602).

“We will learn by seeing, doing, talking and reflecting,” said Marvin Pritts, professor of horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), who will lead the trip from Jan. 3-12, 2018. “Myanmar is a predominantly Buddhist nation, with a dizzying array of golden pagodas and ancient temples.”

The small group of travelers (the trip accommodates a maximum of 20 people) will visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist temple in Myanmar; participate in a Buddhist blessing ceremony for the day of the week on which they were born; visit a planned World Heritage Site in Bagan with more than 3,000 pagodas, many 1,000 years old; and take a boat to the floating gardens of Inle Lake

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The Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon which stands more than 300 feet tall and is covered with gold.

The Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon which stands more than 300 feet tall and is covered with gold.

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