a row of Victorian styled buildings in Yangon
Strolling along the streets of Yangon near my hotel, I was fascinated by the Burmese architecture which is heavily influenced by its proximity to China and India. Interwoven with spiritual, religious and political messages, Myanmar is home to some of the world's most magnificent buildings.
Wandering into a couple of side streets, I found some old, still thriving and not artificially made markets. They are a unique characteristic of Myanmar.
One market was built in 1905 and has 1156 shops. I enjoyed checking out the fresh produce and discovering more about the diet of the local folks.
Many of the items sold at these markets are not available in our modern supermarkets. The people from these very closely knitted social communities have their own ways of coping with the changing world. Without much help from the authorities, they manage to run their business and raise families.
In the afternoon, my guide brought us to one of Myanmar's famous landmarks. Every visitor to Myanmar must visit the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. I stood in awe of this bejewelled, golden beauty. I will write a special post on it.