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.
The hostel provided a decent breakfast that included, among other things, a local spicy chicken noodle soup.
Trendy wall in the rooftop area.
“Backpacker” hostel: view from the 8th floor.
Yangon in the morning.
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.
I passed by the Bandoola Park and saw quite a few people just lying on the ground. Asleep? Drunk? Out of job? No clue.
Park architecture. A local man approached me soon and started talking about the park.
Burmese chinthes (lion-like creatures) with the Sule Pagoda in the background.
The Sule Pagoda from a different perspective.
Yangon city hall is located just next to the park and the pagoda.
Another piece of colonial architecture: Yangon Region Court.
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.
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.
Bright and rusty local buses.
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.
A common way to carry fruit for sale.
And this guy is selling birds. Don’t know the purpose.
Many streets in downtown Yangon have numbers as names.
Walking along Maha Bandula street: very crowded, noisy, and bustling with life.
Chinatown around the 19th street.
Side streets are much quieter.
The famous Bogyoke Aung San Market (bazaar).
Holy Trinity Anglican Church next to the market.
Colourful paintings along the stairs inside the market.
Most of the paintings depict Burmese life.
The market teams with various shops. Many of them sell bright traditional clothes.
Jewelry is another popular item. There are dozens of jewelry shops both in the market and along the city streets.
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.
A decorative tunnel along the bridge towards the railway station.
Yangon Central Railway Station.
After having a street tea for just 200 kyat I walked past the lLuxurious Kandawgyi Palace Hotel …
into the park at Kandawgyi Lake.
The lake with the most famous Shwedagon Pagoda in the background. I will visit it during the night.
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.