Wandering in Yangon | Myanmar

Yangon truly is a bustling city. Despite the fact that it’s the former capital of Myanmar ever since 2006 rolled around, and the government relocated to Naypidaw, it’s still the country’s largest city and commercial center. Over 5 million souls call it home.

The city is also known as Rangoon, but the name was changed for something more nationalistic by the military junta in 1989, along with other colonial era names, including the country itself, Burma became “Republic of the Union of Myanmar”.

I was there for 2 1/2 days in total, first when I arrived to the country and before flying out to Bagan the following morning. Then another full day and half before coming back home.

Arriving to Yangon was a bit shocking at first, as soon as you get out the airport you encounter men wearing the traditional skirt (longyi), the locals chewing betel nut, and spitting its reddish juice, you clearly see their addiction to it when they smile, showing their teeth stained in a reddish color. The woman were covered in their traditional thanakha make-up, as mentioned in my other post you really feel that the clock has stopped here.

But Yangon has a lot to offer, I believe that it is often overlooked.  At least for me, photographically speaking you can spend several days here. The city may be in disrepair, but there are number of colonial buildings worth seeing. There are parks to wander, street markets, the circular train, and of course the Shwegadon Pagoda, (namely the biggest one in the world). There is so much to see and do, that I’d recommend anyone traveling to stay at least 3 days in Yangon, especially if you are into street photography.

I’ll be posting more photos in specific a specific post for the street market, the circular train and the Shwedagon Pagoda. In the meantime I’ll leave you with some photos that I liked the most from the amazing Yangon.

YANGON, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: View of the street Bo Gyoke Aung San Rd in Downtown Yangon (Daniel Korzeniewski)

View of the street Bo Gyoke Aung San Rd in Downtown Yangon.

YANGON, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: Person peeking outside and looking for passengers on public bus in the city of Yangon in Myanmar (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Man peeking outside and looking for passengers on public bus in the city of Yangon in Myanmar.

YANGON, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: Happy girl playing with pigeons in the streets of Yangon. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Happy girl playing with pigeons in the streets of Yangon.

YANGON, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: View of the Yangon High Court, an emblematic building from the Colonial era close to the Maha Bandoola Garden in Yangon. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

View of the Yangon High Court, an emblematic building from the Colonial era close to the Maha Bandoola Garden in Yangon.

YANGON, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: Portrait street vendor with parakeets in Yangon. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Portrait of street vendor with parakeets in Yangon.

YANGON, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: Architectural detail of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Architectural detail of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

YANGON, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: View The Independence Monument in the Maha Bandoola Garden in Yangon. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

View The Independence Monument in the Maha Bandoola Garden in Yangon.

YANGON, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: Passengers looking through a bus window in a busy street in Yangon. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Passengers looking through a bus window in a busy street in Yangon.

YANGON, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: Portrait of Burmese woman walking in the streets of Yangon. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Burmese woman walking in the streets of Yangon.

YANGON, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: Portrait of an old man in the streets of Yangon (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Portrait of an old man in the streets of Yangon.

YANGON, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: View of the facade of a typical apartment building in the city of Yangon. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Facade of a typical apartment buildings in the city of Yangon.

YANGON, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: View of lateral street of the BoGyoke Aung San Market in Yangon. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

View of lateral street of the BoGyoke Aung San Market in Yangon.

YANGON, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: View of a typical door in the streets of Yangon (Daniel Korzeniewski)

Door in the streets of Yangon.

YANGON, MYANMAR - CIRCA DECEMBER 2013: View of the Karaweik Hall at Kandawgyi Lake in Yangon. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

View of the Karaweik Hall at Kandawgyi Lake in Yangon.

Well, that’s all for now, more coming soon….

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3 Responses to “Wandering in Yangon | Myanmar”

  1. Mona Perdue says:

    Amazing colors. So vibrant. Thank you for sharing.

  2. […] Travel photos of the city of Yangon in Myanmar taken during my trip in December 2013.  […]

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