Another Day in Yangon, Myanmar
We have a series of photographs from just another day in Yangon, Myanmar. These photographs were taken from the city in a single day to help us understand the daily lives of the region better.
Yangon, formerly Rangoon, was the capital of Myanmar until it was taken over by Naypyidaw in November 2005. Today, with a population of over 5 million people, it remains the largest city and main economic hub of Myanmar.
The city is an amalgamation of British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences, and is known for its colonial architecture, which although decaying and beyond appreciation, remains an almost unique example of a 19th-century British colonial capital. Yangon has seen an explosion of restaurants in the last ten years and almost any type of international cuisine – eclectic Western, Italian, Japanese, Thai, and Korean – is available. Local cuisine reflects the multi-ethnic nature of the city. Local bars or “beer stations” as they are called close early (around 21:00-23:00), but offer drinks at bargain prices. Expect to pay about MYK600 for a pint glass of beer (Myanmar Beer). Local whiskies cost MYK2,000 a glass. Expect to get a lot of attention when going to the local beer stations since theses places are not frequented by foreigners, but people are curious and friendly!
Accommodation in Yangon is comparatively much much more expensive than Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia or Laos and is of a much much lower standard. Yangon is one of the safest big cities in the world. It is most unlikely that one can encounter a bag snatcher, pickpocket or a con artist in a crowded place.
American story teller and humanitarian Tim Dodd dressed as an astronaut to teach kids in Myanmar about the magic of space. @timdoddphotography
A man sits down in a holy Buddhist temple whilst reading a newspaper. @PhasesinplacesThese children monks were gorgeous! They were smiling and laughing with me when my bus pulled up right next to them in Yangon’s hectic traffic jam @babettek
@eutrophan_m gave us this picture of a coconut milk
stand on the street.
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