No. 8. Ye-nan-gyoung [Yenangyaung]. Kyoung.
Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph by Linnaeus Tripe with a close view of the kyaung or monastery at Yenangyaung in Burma (Myanmar), showing the intricate carved decoration of the tiered roof and balustrade, from a portfolio of 120 prints. Tripe was the official photographer on a British diplomatic mission to King Mindon Min of Burma in 1855. This followed the British annexation of Pegu after the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852. Aside from official duties, the mission was instructed to gather information regarding the country and its people. Tripe's architectural and topographical views are of great documentary importance as they are among the earliest surviving photographs of Burma. Yenangyaung was a town in west-central Myanmar on the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy), the centre of the most productive oil-fields in the country. Tripe wrote, 'This monastery is a fine specimen of provincial architecture'.