Kapoors Year 9A: Paris/Sicily/Myanmar/Nepal travel blog

It Was Exciting To Be Back At The Bangkok Airport, Setting Off...

We Met Our Tour Guide Derek At The Airport, Along With A...

We Checked Into The Kandawgyi Palace Hotel On The Shores Of The...

The Room Was Beautifully Furnished In Burmese Style - Even The Toiletry...

Derek Suggested We Visit The Golden Pagoda Straight Away, If We Weren't...

You Could Either Take The Modern Elevator (Previous Photo) Or Climb The...

Of Course We Opted For The Stairs, So Much More Like An...

I Ignored It And Zoomed In On The Beautiful Decorations On The...

When We Finally Reached The Top Of The Stairs We Were Awestruck...

We Followed The Crowds And Began To Walk In A Clockwise Direction,...

Here's A Closer Look At One Of The First Buddha Statues We...

The Main Stupa Was Undergoing Some Renovations, The Scaffolding Looked White Against...

A Scale Model Of The Main Stupa, It Gives One An Idea...

The Complex Is So Vast That It's Divided Into Areas Reflecting The...

We Continued Walking And Encountered Some Of The Most Stunning Altars, The...

It's Beautiful From Afar, But The Detail Is Exquisite, The Workmanship So...

I Had A Little Laugh When I Saw 'Wednesday Morning', The Earlier...

We'd Now Been Walking In The Complex For Over Half An Hour,...

This Reclining Buddha Has Worshippers Even When There Are No Outside Visitors

So Much Gold, Gold, Gold, It Was Refreshing To See Some Green...

After Seeing Wednesday Morning, I Was Keeping An Eye Out For Wednesday...

It Had Been A Long Day, We Were Hungry, We Looked Back...

We Drove To The Night Market And Found It Full Of Hungry...

There Was A Wide Assortment Of Foods To Try, Too Bad Anil...

These Seemed Interesting Until I Had A Closer Look, Yikes, More Seafood

And Then We Came To The Grilling Tables, And Incredible Array Of...

Broccoli, Okra, Lotus Root, Mushrooms And Something That Looks Like Green Olives

These Looked Good Enough To Eat, And We Did! It Was Wonderful...

I Had A Peek At This Sweet Dessert, The Squiggly-Looking Things Were...

What An Incredible Way To Sell Beer, I think It Would Warm...

When I Arrive In A New Country, I Like To Photograph A...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s some of what the Smiling Albino’s – Myanmar – All That Glitters, Asia’s Golden Land Brochure – 2014 has to say about Yangon:

“Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon is comparatively young. It only became the capital in 1885 when the British completed their conquest of northern Myanmar, and Mandalay’s brief period as the centre of the last Burmese kingdom ended.

Despite its short history as the seat of national government, Yangon has been in existence for a long time – although as a small town for much of that time.

In 1755 King Alaungpaya conquered central Myanmar and built a new city on the site of Yangon. Yangon means ‘end of strife’: the king rather vainly hoped that with the conquest of central Myanmar, his struggles would be over. In 1756, Yangon also became an important seaport.

In 1841 the city was virtually destroyed by fire; the rebuilt town again suffered extensive damage during the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852. The British, the new masters, rebuilt the capital to its present plan and corrupted the city’s name to Rangoon.

In 1988 around 15% of Yangon’s city centre population – all squatters – were forced to move to seven new towns northeast of the city centre. Many of the old colonial buildings once occupied by the squatters have now been refurbished for use as offices, businesses and apartments.

The city has changed dramatically following the 1989 banishment of socialism. Starting in the early 1990s, the government began sprucing up the city’s appearance by cleaning the streets and painting many public buildings. Since 1992, when the procapitalist General Than Shwe took power, new cars and trucks have taken to city roads, mobile phones are commonly seen in the city centre and satellite dishes dot the horizon.”

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

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