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Peru 2014

Peru - Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lima 2014

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Cambodia and Burma 2014

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Turkey 2012

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Vietnam & Bangkok 2009

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Morocco 2012

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Heritage Building Walking Tour Yangon, Myanmar

by wired2theworld on May 31, 2016

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Walking around Yangon, you can’t help but notice the mix of new construction, golden pagodas, and the crumbling faded glory of beautiful old buildings, many built between 1900 and 1930. I’ve always been fascinated in architecture, both old and new, so taking a walking tour to check out some of the heritage buildings of Yangon seemed like a slam dunk.

On our last day in Burma took an architectural walking tour of the city done by Robert Percival, an Australian living in Yangon. As far as I can tell he’s still there doing these tours at http://opening-up-burma-travel.info/. Unlike the food tour, we enjoyed every minute of this one.

Scroll down as we walk through Yangon to see intricately carved wooden decorations, street-side secretaries, and people protesting the government via a sit-in (something not even possible a few short years ago). We’ll eat eat freshly cooked naan bread, and walk through a building with the first working elevator in “Rangoon” now filled with squatters and rats as big as cats.

The first stop was a neighborhood which is now predominately Indian, but also has a catholic church and 1920’s Islamic inspired architecture. From there, it was exploring the remnants of colonial architecture and poking around the insides of crumbling buildings (with permission, of course).

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

 

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Catholic Church during Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Cat at the catholic church

Catholic Church during Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Catholic Church during Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon- Little India

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon- built in 1922

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon- we climbed up those stairs to look at out at the aqua colored building across the street. The wood detail was stunning.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon- fresh naan bread for pennies.

 

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

This building doesn’t look like much on the outside but the view from the top of the park and surrounding buildings was spectacular.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon- inside the stairwell.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon- last time painted?

Protesters doing a long term “sit-in” across from the government building.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon- our tour guide Bob.

The buildings have so much decay and moisture that there are plants growing out of every crevice.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Some buildings had squatters cooking over open fires inside.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

This is a former law office building which had the first elevator in Yangon. Like many of the structures we visited, it’s filled with squatters and/or people paying $70 a year to live such “splendor” which included either no (or pirated) electricity, no running water, toilets in the hall and rats the size of cats amid the garbage, but with this glorious wrought iron elevator (now no longer working). Faded glamour for sure and crazy beautiful details amid the ruined buildings. I’m afraid much of this will disappear soon enough to make way for “progress”.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

The inside air shaft of the law office building. Imagine the bottom filled with garbage and teeming with rats. Yep. Really.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Street-side secretaries; these ladies will type up anything you need for a fee.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

This last building was right around the corner from our hotel and has beautiful but moldering woodwork inside.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

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Yangon Food Tour

May 16, 2016

After checking into the hotel, we had an appointment to go on a lunch time street food tour of the city with Yangon Food Tours. Our guide met us at the hotel and we set off on foot in for a tour around the neighborhood’s street food, stall, and small restaurant offerings. At the first […]

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After the market we had a 2 hour drive to the town of Taunggyi, in Shan State, where we had to stop at local Pa’ O people’s collective center. There, we had to pay an entrance fee to the area and hire a local guide (which makes sure that some tourist dollars make it back into […]

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April 29, 2016
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On our last full day at Inle Lake, we hired a car and driver for a long day of exploration, eventually ending up at the pagoda complex of Kakku, several hours away. But first, the driver took us to a nearby local market on our way out of the area. It was quite busy and […]

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A Day on Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma); Ywama Market, In Dien, Ithtar Heritage House, and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

March 12, 2016
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  For our first full day on the lake we decided we wanted to be on the lake. This is not something we booked in advance so we spoke to the hotel, because basically there were no other options. They had a package boat tour for 30,000 kyat (about $30 at the time) for the day but it […]

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Inle Lake Resort, Myanmar (Burma)

February 21, 2016
Inle Resort view

After a couple of days exploring the temples of Bagan, we flew to Heho, the closest airport to our destination, Inle Lake. When researching Inle, the biggest decision seemed to be “where to stay?” There are dozens of lovely looking resorts around the lake, but did we want one closer to a town to have […]

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Visiting the Temples of Bagan Myanmar-Part 2

February 3, 2016
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You thought we were done with temples with the last post? Oh noooo…not yet. Not with over 2000 temples in Bagan. Don’t worry, we didn’t see all of them in our 2 days there, but here are a few more we visited and enjoyed. At the end of the first day, we walked over Shwesandaw […]

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