Travelogue

Yangon

Burmese Foods

Burmese foods have influenced from neighbouring countries like China, India, Thailand and Indochina areas.

Burmese Foods (7)

First impression of many westerners was ‘oily’ but after they learned that the layer of oil is not meant to be eaten like gravy, then they got to know the traditional cuisine in South East Asia. As a Malaysian, we can readily adapted* to the choice of food.

Burmese Foods (19)

* the fine print is if we dare to try some of the street food.

Burmese Foods (10)

I almost wanted to try this Burmese Farlooda, but after second thought of the water source, I rathered have a healthy stomach for the rest of my journey.

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Yangon Circular Train Ride

If you have one (1) US dollar and three (3) hours to spare, you could take a ride on a time capsule back to the 60s-70s on the circle line from Yangon Train Station.

Yangon Circle Line Train (21)

The ride brings visitors to see another side of Yangon.

Yangon Circle Line Train (13)

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Ngahtatgyi Paya 5-storey sitting Buddha

We walked across the street from Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda  to Ngahtatgyi Paya. This temple houses an impressive seated Buddha image.

Ngahtatgyi Paya (1)

It could be the most elaborate and beautiful status in the country. Take a closer look at the semi-precious stones and gems on the statue.

Ngahtatgyi Paya (3)

The roof and backdrop were made out of beautifully carved wood.

Ngahtatgyi Paya (2)

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Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market)

Bogyoke Aung San Market is probably the most popular tourist shopping maketplace in Yangon.

Bogyoke Aung San Market (8)

The main building retains its colonial architecture style while the inner lanes were covered with cobblestones. It was constructed in 1926.

Bogyoke Aung San Market (4)

The market offers a (slightly) cooler venue for tourists to escape the hot afternoon.

Bogyoke Aung San Market (2)

The nearly two thousands shops showcase some local and regional merchandises. One could readily spend 3 hours and barely cover all the shops (without stopping).

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Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda Reclining Buddha

The temple once stood a standing Buddha in 1907. Quoting the description from Lonely Planet, “but one day he got tired and collapsed into a heap on the floor, whereupon he was replaced with monster-sized lazy reclining buddha you see today”.

Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda (2)

I took a closer look and not really sure if the crown is really encrusted with diamonds and gems.

Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda (5)

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Wet Market on 26th Street (Yangon)

There are few wet markets in Yangon. The small but busy morning market at 26th Street is within walking distance from Bogyoke Aung San Market.

Yangon wet market (6)

The best time to visit this street market is 7 to 9am.

Yangon wet market (7)

The market could be covered within 30 minutes but it has lots of local produces.

Yangon wet market (8)

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People of Yangon

Meeting people is my favourite part of any trip.

People of Yangon Myanmar (7)

We could learn something about local folks by their attire, posture and activities.

People of Yangon Myanmar (16)

In Bagan or rural town, a hard day labour could earn 1500 Kyats (USD2). It reminds me how lucky am I when I ordered my Starbucks coffee. These construction workers at Yangon invited me to take of picture of them. They were so contented with just a glimpsed of their photo from the LCD screen.

People of Yangon Myanmar (6)

Despite the hard life at lower rank society, many Burmese are still friendly and very religious.

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