Mingalabar, Yangon: day 2

When I woke up, it was dark, and I couldn’t make it whether it was morning or still night. It turned out to be 8 am already. Time to continue exploration of Yangon.

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The hostel provided a decent breakfast that included, among other things, a local spicy chicken noodle soup.

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Trendy wall in the rooftop area.

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“Backpacker” hostel: view from the 8th floor.

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Yangon in the morning.

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When I walked out from the hostel, I was immediately bombarded by the hustle-bustle of the city: noises, smells, sellers of what-not, crowd, yelling, dirt, dust. All in all, beautiful chaos! Such a contrast with Singapore. In the photo: the road leading to the Sule Pagoda.

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I passed by the Bandoola Park and saw quite a few people just lying on the ground. Asleep? Drunk? Out of job? No clue.

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Park architecture. A local man approached me soon and started talking about the park.

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Burmese chinthes (lion-like creatures) with the Sule Pagoda in the background.

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The Sule Pagoda from a different perspective.

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Yangon city hall is located just next to the park and the pagoda.

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Another piece of colonial architecture: Yangon Region Court.

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Street food sellers are everywhere. I noticed that many women have something on their cheeks. It turned out to be a natural (made out of trees) cosmetic paste called “thanaka”. I saw some men wearing it too.

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Sending postcards from a local post-office. Before that I was ripped off by a girl in the street when she sold me a few postcards. I paid 800 kyat / piece  while the post-office’s offer was 100 kyat / piece  I knew I was being ripped off, but didn’t care as the girl and her little sister looked in desperate need for money. 

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Bright and rusty local buses.

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Men sitting on small plastic tools along the streets and sipping tea is a common scene. No women. I had my cup of tea later on too. 

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A common way to carry fruit for sale.

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And this guy is selling birds. Don’t know the purpose.

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Many streets in downtown Yangon have numbers as names.   

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Walking along Maha Bandula street: very crowded, noisy, and bustling with life.

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Chinatown around the 19th street.

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Side streets are much quieter.

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The famous Bogyoke Aung San Market (bazaar).

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Holy Trinity Anglican Church next to the market.

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Colourful paintings along the stairs inside the market.

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Most of the paintings depict Burmese life.

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The market teams with various shops. Many of them sell bright traditional clothes.

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Jewelry is another popular item. There are dozens of jewelry shops both in the market and along the city streets.

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During my walk I was surprised to come across a Singaporean Ya Kun coffee shop. I stopped by for my favourite kaya toast and coffee C (with milk and sugar), but was disappointed with the quality.   

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A decorative tunnel along the bridge towards the railway station. 

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Yangon Central Railway Station.

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After having a street tea for just 200 kyat I walked past the lLuxurious Kandawgyi Palace Hotel  …

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into the park at Kandawgyi Lake.

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The lake with the most famous Shwedagon Pagoda in the background. I will visit it during the night. 

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For now just enjoying serenity of the nature. 

It was around 3 pm and got very hot, so I got back to the hostel to take a rest. More discoveries will come at night.

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