Myanmar – Part 3: Faces of Yangon

Yangon, which means “End of Strife,” was founded in the early 11th century. Nearly 4.5 million people call this sprawling city home that was the country’s capital until 2005, when the military government decamped 200 miles north to the newly built city, Naypyidaw.

A woman and her pet monkey in Yangon's Chinatown
With few buildings having (operational) elevators, making trips up and down the 6 story buildings a difficult task; so Yangonese hang strings attached with clips to send and receive notes, keys, etc

 

A betel nut vendor
One of the city's many crumbling streets
A security guard working outside of one of Yangon's many banks which, due to international sanctions on the government, are disconnected from international banking networks and a reason tourists must arrive with enough hard currency to cover their entire trip (as no ATMs are available)
With intermittant power and driers a rarity, Yangon's residents hang their clothes to dry over the city's dusty streets
With intermittent power and driers a rarity, Yangon's residents hang their clothes over the city's dusty streets
A man on the street in Chinatown

 


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