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Myanmar, Yangon: The Crossroads in the Middle of Asia – VIDEO

Published: 2.5.2017
They call Myanmar the gate between India, China, and southeast Asia. In country's largest city - Yangon - you quickly realize why it is so. There, influences of all cultures of the region meet as well as people - Indians, Chinese, Burmese... Let's quickly see the center and the suburbs of the city.

Shwe Dagon Pagoda

Undoubtedly, the greatest lure in the city is the famous Shwe Dagon Pagoda proudly rising to 105 meters above the surrounding landscape. It is the most sacred place for Buddhists in the country. They say that hair of the very Gautama, the last Buddha, are hidden there.

Shwe Dagon Pagoda

Legend has it that monks founded it already 2600 years ago. This would make it the oldest Buddhist structure in the world. Historians and archeologists say the pagoda was founded between the 6th and 10th century AD. Despite that this makes it still quite old, doesn't it?

In addition to that, the pagoda is really mostly covered in gold which is given by common folk as well as monarchs from all around the country since  the 15th century. You pay about 10 dollars to see the compound and you shouldn't miss it!

Shwe Dagon Pagoda   Shwe Dagon Pagoda

nádvoří Shwe Dagon Pagody   vstup do Shwe Dagon Pagody

Colonial Center

The influence of the British is not that aparent in Yangon as in Mandalay. Still, walk through the city center and its narrow streets lined by magnificent colonial era houses. The rest of the city doesn't look like it uch. There are several churches and Sule Pagoda, another grandiose pagoda.

procházka městem   na procházce městem 

Circe Train

To me, a ride on Yangon Circle Train was the best experience. It took the entire day. The train rides slowly through the suburbs. You can get off of it any time and walk surrounding stations. Then wait for the following train. The tickets are very cheap. 

The train ride itself is an amazing experience – you will feel like you traveled back in time. The most interesting part was the vast market at Da Nyin Gone station.

vlakové nádraží   trh na předměstí

To be concrete - the market is the station. Right on the platform, there are vendors selling  abych byl přesný – trh je zároveň i součástí stanice, přímo na nástupišti a v kolejišti se budete proplétat mezi prodejci zeleniny a ovoce a lidmi, kteří přijeli nakupovat. Jakmile vejdete do samotného tržiště, máte pocit, že to tu úplně stejně vypadá snad stovky let. Přibyly jen plastové slunečníky. A jako cizinec tu pro lidi budete skvělou atrakcí.

GPS: 16°47'54.5"N 96°09'04.9"E

 

Text, foto a video: Matouš Vinš

Hudba: Podington Bear, Scott Holmes



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