Myanmar (Burma) the human operated ferris wheel….

6 Dec

And the wheel in action…

I have never seen anything quite like it. I was in Bagan, Myanmar, the home of a thousand temples spread out amidst beautiful countryside.  Life goes on around the temples almost as if they are not there. So farmers plough their fields, children play and animals graze.  The temples were beautiful.  But what were all the travellers talking about? The ferris wheel. Someone had showed me a few snaps of it but said you really had to see it to believe it!  This was true!

The ferrie wheel was at a small fairground on the outskirts of Myanmar.  It was kind of an old-fashioned fairground where you could pop balloons with darts and win prizes, eat popcorn and drink sweet jelly filled drinks.  The centrepoint was the ferris wheel.

With the backdrop of funky music, the operators climb up the centre of the wheel to the top. There they sit. They chill. They tap their feet to the music. And wait until there are enough people to make it worth running the wheel. Then when the whistle goes off they go. Using their weight as momentum they get the wheel up and running, hanging off it as it turns by one arm, a foot and spinning down and then jumping off!  They also jump from cage to cage while the wheel is still turning.

No harnesses.

No safety.

No risk assessments.

Just strong arms, bright smiles and the luck of the Buddha!


3 Responses to “Myanmar (Burma) the human operated ferris wheel….”

  1. Ingrid December 7, 2011 at 1:31 am #

    Unbelievable, you can’t imagine it exists till you see it.

    • angiemain December 7, 2011 at 5:17 am #

      yes inbelievable! I loved the colours of it though! x

  2. Julie December 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    Angie! I didn’t see this in Bagan at all!!! Where the hell was it, and how could I have missed this jazzy, electronic beacon of bedazzlement in that endless templescape? Jealous!

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