The Beginning ... Yangon (22-23 Oct 06)
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October 22nd, 2006 – by: nuij
I arrived in Yangon around 12pm on 22 Oct 2006.
My first unforgettable experience in Myanmar is my encounter with the fruit seller on the street of Yangon. she and her 2 other colleagues were walking on the street selling fruits that were placed on a big tray on top of their head. I didn't see her initially as she was walking a little further behind the other 2. As I was busy taking pictures, she sneaked up behind me to take a look at what I was doing.
My 2nd unforgettable experience in Yangon is at Yangon train station. After manage to make my way to the train station, I went to the special counter for foreigner to purchase the ticket for the Yangon city train loop which will take me on a 3 hours ride around Yangon region.
While waiting for my train to arrive with the trainmaster and his staff, I met Mr Chu, who dropped in with his friends to buy the same train ride as me. As his English is limited, I managed to find out that he's Korean and is on some kind of travel tour and will be staying in Yangon for 8 months. Not long after he left to join his friends, he came back and gave me a pack of biscuits as a gift. He is really quite a nice guy as before he got off the train at his stop, he gave me his home number in Yangon and asked me to call him should I need anything. waiting for the city train loop kinda reminds me of public transport in Malaysia. It's never on time. When my 4.45pm train finally arrived at 5pm, the trainmaster had one of his staff escort me to the back of the train and got me a seat at the special section for train conductors, gave instructions to the conductor that I'm a foreigner and will only get down at the main station.
The train ride gave me a glimpse of every day life of the people in Myanmar. they have no regards to their safety or of their children. You can see that the train station is one of the favorite hangout place for them as there are children running and playing at the platform of the station, people selling food and vegetables at the side, women sitting on the rail tracks chatting, etc. For the first half of the train ride, it is full of people.
The next day, I spend the morning at Shwedagon Paya, one of the holiest place in Myanmar. The entrance fee for the Pagoda is quite expensive at USD6. Initially I tried to walk around and take a look at the pagoda on my own, but the area is just too big and it can quite overwhelming with all the smaller structures surrounding the main stupa. so i decided to hire a guide to take me around and give me some background on the pagoda. By the end of my tour and after spending 3 hours there, i had enough pagodas for the day.
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