Welcome to Myanmar

First stop in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma was the capital, Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon. In fact, being a former British colony there are a lot of “formerly known as” places. The city formerly known as Rangoon has some stunning sights to see.

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Some buildings, perhaps dating from the colonial era, do indeed look like they were built in the colonial era
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A popular trip for tourists is to ride the Circular Train
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It offers a glimpse of daily comings and goings in the city
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Lots of different types of snacks to buy

 

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And lots of colourful characters

 

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Shwedagon Pagoda is the most important religious site in Myanmar. It is, simply put, a massive golden wonder
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The surrounding area is a complex of various temples and shrines
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Monks can climb high and circumabulate the pagoda
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But then they need to climb down
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Hi mum. Hope you like my “skirt” and barefooted approach
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The surrounding structures are golden treasure in themselves
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It’s a peaceful place to relax and see the fading light of the day on the gold
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The moon was out
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Traffic in Yangon seems crazy
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The Sule Pagoda forms a mighty roundabout in the city centre
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It’s a highly impressive sight but is overshadowed by the Shwedagon Pagoda, which would be by any standards hard to top
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It begs the question though of where the Burmese get all these tons of gold

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I’ve never seen the script for the Burmese language before. It looks bizarre and in my eyes and so is fancinating to me. So many circular forms. I must try to learn a little about it

 

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The tiniest stools ever

 

Next up: Bagan

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