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    Bobcock in Yangon, Myanmar.

    Spent 5 days in Yangon recently and loved it.

    Took over two thousand pictures, had some time to do some serious stuff, tripod et al.....

    This thread is dediacted to Terry. It's not an attempt to out do Terry's pics, but some of his pics did inspire me and I tried to recreate some of them and get the eathy feel of what he took. I find it difficult sometimes to just take a simple pic, I always need to have something of interest rather than just snap a street and see what's going on in it.

    Anyway I processed over 300 of these shots, I don't know how many I will upload here, maybe a 100 or so.

    The rest are on my website, so if you would like to see that and all the other serious pics I have taken you can PM me for the link, I won't publish it here and I won't send it to people who I don't know on here.

    We left bangkok on the Wednesday morning arriving in Yangon just after 11am.

    Our hotel was the Clover in Wingabar St which is near Kandawgyi Lake.

    The taxi from the airport cost 6000 kyat. It used to be 10 USD but things are changing fast, so of the prices I was told to expect were actually lower and the need for US Dollars seems to be less than in the past. We used them, but at no point did it seem to be a necessity.

    After lunch at the hotel we took a walk to the lake and it's surrounding park. It is the home of the Karaweik Palace which is a big restaurant that does buffets and cultural shows. Everything pointed to this not being something I wanted to see or do, so I photographed it but wasted no further time there.




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    The walk was really to stretch the legs and to digest the excellent lunch we had and to act as e precurser to the main event of the day, my first trip to the Shwedagon Pagoda, somewhere I've wanted to photograph for some time.

    It didn't disappoint. the first day I went for late afternoon through sunset, Then on day 3 I went for the evening and on day 5 I went at 5am for the sunrise.



    I put the tripod up and stayed in pretty much the same location for over an hour through sunset, so there were a hell of a lot of very similar pics.



    I think I've scared a few Thai people off by telling them that my camera can pick up images of all the ghosts that haunt the place......




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    The main pagoda is 99m high and is surrounded by 64 smaller pagodas circling it's base. The temple complex has literally hundreds of buddah images, most of which I photographed..... well the bigger ones at least.







    There is a smaller pagoda located in the North East corner of the compound called the Naungdawgyi Pagoda.


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    Nice one Bobby.

    You are top poster when it comes to out right quality of the picks hands down.

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    Looking forward to seeing more images I wish I'd taken when there.
    Thank you

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    Good one bob, keep em coming

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    I'll try not to overdo the shwedagon pictures too early....

    Next morning we took a taxi downtown and got out at the Sule (Soo-Lay) Pagoda, and wandered into the Maha Bandoolah Garden to have a look at the Independence Monument.







    From there we walked aropund some of the streets in the vicinity..... there are a lot of fortune tellers plying their trade in Yangon



    Crossroads


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    Our designed route lead us back to the Sule Pagoda which is on a roundabout in the middle of the road.

    So that was our next stop.....



    They have a lot of these little umbrella things for sale at temples, seem to be a coomon thing to offer to whomever you are offering to.






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    On thing that is common in Myanmar is people with powder on their faces. They seem to leave it on all day whether it's needed or not.....

    This lady just seemed to have taken this tradition a bit tooooooo far.....



    Monks and mokesses seem to be in abundant supply in Yangon, I guess when a society is held back religion plays a bigger part in your life than if you suffering from the trappings of consumerism, greed and dishonesty like Myanmar's near neighbour.......

    I found the people very pleasant and whenever a person started a conversation the angle that you are expecting the conversation to take in regards to what they are going to get out of you just never happens.

    I had a long chat with a monk one time, he followed me around the Shwedagon Pagoda for 45 minutes watching me take pictures and chatting. I must admit to expecting to be asked for a donation to help further his studies, but no, he walked with me halfway back to his hotel before announcing his route to his monastery meant we had to part ways, shook my hand, wished me luck and off he went.



    Young lad selling water, again, the price whilst probably higher than a supermarket was more than reasonable at about 12B for a litre.

    If he is making 3B and saving me a walk to the supermarket which are few and far between. Good luck to the little fella.

    In this instance I wasn't thirsty so I beat him around the head and told him to Fuck Off after exploiting his image with my magic box.


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    Definately a large amount of Indians in Yangon.... couldn't find much in the way of decent Indian food, just unlucky I think.






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    After that we walked up to Bogyoke Market, formerly Scotts Market.



    Standard big market for this part of the world, similar to the one in Saigon, lots of the usual wood carvings and lacquerware. Actually I didn't buy anything on this trip at all.








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    Regards the Indian restaurants Bobby. We done a heap of walking around Yangon and staggered into a couple of beauties.

    There out there.

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    Great stuff Bob. Appreciate the effort.

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    Nice stuff Bob.

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    great pics

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    Great job on the pics Bob. Keep up the good work.

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    Nice work, Bob...
    Per your usual.

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    Stunning photography! Thanks!!

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    Thank you for the awesome photos, don't think my brownie could produce this quality

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    After the market we walked through to the Park Royal hotel and had a couple of beers to refresh ourselves before deciding to tackle the famous circle line train. We wandered over the road to the train station. This is the main ticket hall, but you don't buy the tickets here. This remninded me of train stations in India.



    We were directed to take the bridge over the platforms to platform 7 where there is a seperate ticket window for the train we wanted. These are the roofs of the platforms.



    This is the ticket window where you get to pay $1US. I didn't try to pay in local currency so I'm not sure if you could or not.



    Some good shots to be taken of people on the other trains that come into the platform. Our train ended up going from Platform 4, so you just scuttle across the tracks.




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    great pics

    Guess I know where my next photography trip will be... was the hotel expensive?

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    Bob the temples which are the better built Thai or burmese, looks like the burmese have paid a lot more attention to detail?

    Very impressive pics.

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    THE CIRCLE LINE

    39 Stations, 46 kilometres, teaming with life. Fantastic for people watching. We went clockwise out of Yangon up around the airport and back to town, although we got off a few stops short as it was closer to our hotel. Took just over 2 and a half hours.










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    It gets quite rural up towards the airport and in parts you do get an idea how poor a lot of these people are.












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    Our hotel had a nice view of the Shwedagon pagoda, this is a pic of it taken at breakfast on Day 3


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