Saturday, January 14, 2012

Walk in Yangon, Burma, part 1

Welcome and Happy New Year. This is my first posting of 2012.

We had a wonderful time in Burma. We visited Yangon, Inlay Lake and Bagan. I will be posting a lot of photos from this trip. Beautiful country and lovely people.

Yangon, the commercial capital of Burma. These photos take you on a walk, starting with the first shot taken from our room window in the Traders Hotel, on Sule Pagoda Road.
I hope you enjoy the walk


Sule Pagoda. ဆူးလေဘုရား Legend has it that it
is more than 2500 years old. A very important
religious and political structure in Yangon

Yangon City Hall ရန်ကုန်မြို့တော်ခန်းမ; a fine
example of Burmese architecture

Formerly the Supreme Court
of Burma
. It has been moved to
the new capital, Naypyidaw (the Court,
not the building..)

Next to the old American Embassy. Guys playing
"keep the ball up in the air". A popular game in
S.E. Asia. Oh, and one spectator

Burmese truck full of people

Two of the passengers

A residential building in the same street

Interesting architecture with the arch windows
carved into the facade

Daddy with his princess who's wearing a 'tiara'

Haven't seen one of these for a while. Not sure
what special power it needs? Fingertip power maybe!

Another view of Sule Pagoda, this time from
the south

The East Hotel on Sule Pagoda Road
dwarfed by the Hitachi tower, but
making its point! We stayed there on
our final night before returning to Singapore

Mum feeding her baby

A water seller. Happy, but a little
embarrassed to be photographed

Dappled lady. Love the blouse. To protect her skin
from the sun she is wearing the traditional Thanaka
(သနပ်ခါ) paste

Very colourful rickshaw driver being paid by his
passenger. No motorbikes are allowed in Yangon.
Too many people were injured and killed so
they were banned

We love our ice lolly!

Do you think she'll share it with her Mum?

A typical street near the port

Handsome windows

Workers perched precariously
on scaffolding repairing an
Indian temple

Children at play in the street

Cooperative effort

The famous Bogyoke Market ဗိုလ်ချုပ်အောင်ဆန်းဈေး
formerly Scott's Market being refurbished. If you look
closely at the top right of the scaffolding on the tower
there is a man
working even more precariously. No
safety net. One advantage of this type of scaffolding
though is you can still see the building!

Now you can see the worker clearly. I hate heights.
Just looking at him gives me the eebie jeebies!

Inside the market. It was quiet when we were there

When I'm a little embarrassed
I put my fingers in my mouth

But I'm proud of my little brother so I'm not
embarrassed anymore

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Boy that was heavy!

Next time the famous and amazing Shwedagon Pagoda