20 January 2016

Visiting Yangon

There is something magical about Yangon. I don't know exactly what it is about this city that captured my heart. Maybe, it is the old beautiful buildings around town, or the quaint cafes, or the busy markets, or the gentle people, or the stunning temples. Maybe, it's everything I mentioned. It reminded me so much of the old Cebu I grew up in.

My friends and I stayed overnight in Yangon on our way to Nay Pyi Taw and stayed again overnight before we flew back to Kuala Lumpur. So we practically only had two full days there. We arrived early morning from KL on our first day. And because we only had one full day, we didn't waste time -- we grabbed breakfast, visited temples, went shopping. I will be sharing details of this trip on my travel blog soon.

Our flight back to KL on our last day was in the evening, Joy and I had time to walk around the city. We got lost, but found interesting streets. I must admit, I got too tired from all the walking (it was also very hot), I felt I was going to get sick. Haha.

Yangon doesn't have big malls (yey), because I absolutely loved the small boutiques, the street vendors, and the markets! But I know, with all the development going on in the city, one day they'll be building malls, too. And I hope that they will include local SMEs because, in the few days that I was there, they seem to be hardworking and creative.

I hope to visit again one day to explore this city some more.

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, the first pagoda we visited.

Yup, their buddhas are huge. This, the Nga Htat Gyi Buddha Temple.

The Shwedagon Pagoda, we were told, was spectacular at night. So we visited right after dinner.

This 2,500 years old pagoda enshrines strands of Buddha's hair.
Myanmar considers this the most sacred of buddhist sites.
The pagoda is covered with hundreds of gold plates.
The stupa is encrusted with 4,531 diamonds.
No wonder this pagoda shines.

Old buildings and traffic. Yes, the traffic in some areas here could be horrible. But nothing like EDSA. :D

WS Independence memorial at the mahabandoola garden.

I love architecture and old buildings.
Everytime I travel, I always have tons of photos of buildings!

This was at Feel Myanmar Food! I love the food in Myanmar!
I swear I gained 10 pounds while I was there!

Left photo: On the morning we arrived in Yangon.
Our Nay Pyi Taw-based friend, S, arranged a van to take us around the city.
Isn't she the most wonderful? Our Yangon stay was comfortable and fun!
Right photo: our bus-ride from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw.

Visiting Yangon | Myanmar | Fujifilm XA1 (except the last photo/s) | ©2015

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