February 5, 2015

Yangon, Myanmar

What Lonely Planet said: Even though it is no longer the nation's official capital, Yangon remains Myanmar's largest and most commercially important city. Its downtown skyline is dominated by the 'winking wonder' of Shwedagon Paya, a dazzling Buddhist temple that attracts pilgrims from all over the world.

I was there: December 9, 2013 - December 10, 2013 & December 13- December 14, 2013

Cameras used: Canon EOS 40D & Samsung Galaxy Note

Stalls selling general goods
A monk shopping

Stalls selling food

Sule Pagoda in the middle of a roundabout
Nuns off to collect alms in the morning. There's a gong that would announce their arrival so devotees can come out to donate food

One of the charming things about the Burmese people: They have clay pots, and plastic containers, of water for passer-bys in case anyone get thirsty

Bogyoke Aung San Market specialising in selling gemstones

The market is huge with extensions to nearby buildings

Food stalls. The white paste on the faces is called Tanaka. It is traditional moisturizer/sunscreen

Pedestrian bridge fashion 'mall'

Me at Shwedagon Pagoda

A monk taking picture of the Shwedagon

The Shwedagon is surrounded by shrines

Gold, gold and more gold

The main train station

Taking the circle line to see the countryside surrounding the city is highly recommended.

Food stalls at the station

Young man reading comics while carrying a steel lunchbox

My ride approaching

A woman and child waiting for their train

The circle line, completing the loop in 3hr, is the best way to see life in Myanmar

Poverty is rampant in Myanmar

Taking a nap after a hard day's work

Farm at one of the villages

Another village

Although life in Myanmar is tough, there is time for leisure. The children are playing a game of football

David slays Goliath: The boy got pass his bigger, taller challenger

A busy market just beside a train station