Led Zeppelin’s legendary guitarist and founder, Jimmy Page, recently posted a series of photos from his trip to Rangoon, Bagan, and Mandalay, and talked about how he had to convince the Myanmar embassy that he was not going to perform in Myanmar in order to get a visa.
As you probably know, Jimmy Page uses his Instagram account as a platform where he can cherish memories from past years and talk about the interesting things that he has experienced. In his recent Instagram post, he talked about his trip to Myanmar and how he had to drop off his guitar in Bangkok in order to be able to travel to Myanmar.
In the caption of his post, Jimmy Page said that it had always been a dream of his to travel to Burma, or as it is named today Myanmar. He said that the fact that he is a world-famous rockstar didn’t help during the visa application, but that instead, it made the process even harder.
He said that while he was in Bangkok, he applied for a visa to visit Myanmar, and during the interview process, he was asked whether he was planning on performing there. Although Page assured the embassy that he wasn’t and that he would leave his guitar behind in Bangkok, the official told him that he would better be telling the truth because if not, both the official and Page would get into trouble.
Here’s what Jimmy Page said in the caption of his recent Instagram post:
“It had always been an ambition of mine to visit Burma, now Myanmar, and on this day in 2009, aided by a visa processed by the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok, I was in Rangoon, soon to travel to Bagan.
When I applied for my visa in Bangkok, I was asked if I was going to perform a concert in Myanmar and I assured the gentleman I was not. In fact, I was to leave my guitar there in Bangkok. The official said he hoped I was telling the truth because if not he might get into trouble.
I hope my photographs (of Rangoon, Bagan, and Mandalay) convey just some of the visual splendor and mystery of this country.
Photos © 2009 Jimmy Page”
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