Yangon

Find stories from my visits to the buzzing city of Yangon.

Visiting Yangon in 2013

We arrived to Yangon International Airport where our pre-arrival visas where exchanged to a sticker in our passport. There was a little queue so the process from arrival to getting in to the arrival area took about 35 minutes. Remembering stories about the old days in Eastern Europe we thought it was fairly quick. While […]

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Colonial quarter

The area around the city hall was build before WWII by the British. All streets are directed north-south and east-west, which means that an almost any time of the day you’ll be able to walk in the shade. The area west of Sule pagoda has many merchant stall along the pavement and some of the […]

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Circle line

Yangon has a local railway, just like any other metropole. Where any 5-8 Mill. metropole I can think off will have several lines that interconnects to a fabric of transportation Yangon has 1 line – the Circle line. As the name indicates the railway runs in a circle around the city. The southernmost station is […]

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Meilamu Pagoda

This is a curiosity of a temple, very colourful and with strange decoration. Someone has called it a Disney land temple, it will take approximate half an hour to stroll around the temple area. I think it’s worth the effort to make a visit, to see that not all Burmese temples are straightly decorated like […]

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Bogyoke Market

The market is placed in a large white building on Bogyoke Road a few hundred meters west of the Railway station. The shops in the market are selling almost any kind of non-food product, it seems like the main customer group for the shops are Burmese, but as a foreigner you can find things of […]

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Maha Bandoola Garden

Next to the City hall and Sule pagoda lays a park. Sometimes it spelled Maha Bandoola Garden and sometimes Maha Vandoola Park. When you need a break from walking the streets in the city it’s nice to buy a snack and relax in the park like many Burmese do. You’ll easily find either some deep […]

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Sule Pagoda

The pagoga is situated next to the City hall in the middle of a roundabout. The roads that intersects at the roundabout is having 2-3 lanes in each direction, so getting to the pagoda requires good skills as a pedestrian. The pagoda is claimed to founded 2.500 years ago and to be holding a shrine […]

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Peoples Park

The Peoples park is found in the same area as Shwedagon, or just across U Wisara Road from Shwedagon. The park can be a break from the city’s noisy traffic and the many people in Shwedagon. It’s a pleasant site with several plants, flower and pond arrangements. Like many other places you’ll find young Burmese […]

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Inya lake

A green oasis north of Shwedagon, take a stroll on the promenade along the embankment. Don’t expect to find a free bench on the path because they will probably all be occupied by young Burmese, as students from the nearby university uses the area on the west embankment of the lake for recreation. On the […]

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Boyoke Aung San Museum

The father of Aung San Suu Kyi was a leader of the freedom movement around WWII, and was expected to be the leader in the first Burmese government after the liberation, but he was assassinated in July 1947 – half a year before independence. The museum is placed in the house that the Burmese freedom […]

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Shwedagon Pagoda

The largest pagoda Shwedagon is found approximately 3.5 Km north of the city centre, a ride by taxi from the city centre will take 10-30 minutes depending on traffic, the charge will be around 5.000 Kyats. As it is a major religious landmark for Buddhists they are travelling from not only Myanmar but from all […]

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Yangon

Yangon has not been the capital of Myanmar since 2005 when the government moved to Naypyidaw, which is located between Yangon and Mandalay. But Yangon is by far the largest city in Myanmar, according to an article on Wikipedia its around 5 mill. Inhabitants. Some locals claims that more than 8 mill. live in the […]

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