Busy nightlife at Yangon
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Yangon – Myanmar’s commercial hub and former capital

After Hpa-An we traveled by bus to Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon. The city is Myanmar’s former capital and its largest city. And according to Wikipedia this former British colonial capital has the highest number of colonial-era buildings in Southeast Asia.

As we walked trough the city, we noticed that many of the downtown’s historical buildings are somewhat neglected and are providing homes for local residents.

But how does Yangon feel like to us? Multifaceted is the first thing that comes to mind. It’s like multiple cities, or more like countries, within one city. And the mood might change totally by walking from block to block.

Just by going around for 15 minutes, you can see shopping centers just like in a modern western city, old colonial city vibes, the Chinatown, and poverty.

Excluding, the heat, the constant horn honking and car drivers disregarding the crosswalks, the city offers a good stay in Myanmar, and is certainly worth a visit. The shops offer a surprisingly wide selection of items at a competitive price, the local restaurants are unbelievably cheap and the hotels are reasonably priced.

Here are some of the pics we took during our stay at Yangon.

Building in Yangon
The difference between Yangon and Hpa-an is quite dramatic.
Alley in Yangon
An alley in Yangon.
Laura sitting infront of a door in Yangon
Laura found a perfect posing spot in Yangon.
The courthouse in Yangon
The construction of this colonial-era former High Court Building designed by James Ransome began in 1905.
Crossing Yangon street
Walking in Yangon is not nice, as pedestrians seem to have to yield the horn-honking cars.
Picnic at Mahar Bandula Park
Mahar Bandula Park is a most welcoming sight in the midst of chaotic traffic.
Sule Pagoda in Yangon
2500-year-old Burmese Stupa, Sule Pagoda, is situated right in the heart of Yangon
Busy nightlife at Yangon
Busy nightlife and according to legend the area, where the pagoda now stands, was once the home of a powerful spirit named Sularata (the Sule Nat)
Rush hour traffic in Yangon
Yangon at the rush hour traffic
The Shwedagon Pagoda
We visited the main attraction of Yangon, The Shwedagon Pagoda and its a 99-meter tall gilded stupa.
Burmese little monks
Between the ages of seven and sixteen, most young Burmese boys and some girls (they wear pink robes) become novices and go to live in a monastery. These two little boys were posing so cool, that everyone just has to respect them.
Worshipers at The Shwedagon Pagoda
Worshipers at The Shwedagon Pagoda
silver details at the Shwedagonin pagoda
Laura is admiring these silver details and escaping the crowds 😀
Sunset at The Shwedagon Pagoda
During the sunset time we definitely weren’t the only ones visiting the place

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