23 January 2013
After many years as a pariah state under the rule of a military dictatorship, Myanmar has recently reopened it's arms to the world and I've just had the good fortune to explore one tiny fraction of the country, it's capital city Yangon .
|Sule Paya Road, Yangon|
|A monk walks along one of the terraces of the gold plated stupa of Yangon's Shwedagon Paya|
|Children watching builders at work on Sule Paya Road, Yangon|
Although rather musty and dilapidated on the whole, Yangon has some incredible sights including reportedly the worlds oldest Buddhist pagoda, the Shwedagon Paya which is coated with sixty tons of gold and topped with a 76 carat diamond and one can see devotees offering flowers and prayer flags visiting the shrine that symbolises the particular day of their birth .
|Young nuns at the Shwedagon Paya in Yangon|
The streets around the capital are buzzing with activity, market stalls sell everything from fresh fish to counterfeit iPhones and for the more intrepid, wonderful street food reflecting the range of ethnicities living in Mynamar .
|Lunch time at the Bogyoke Aung San market|
|Fruit market on Mahabandoola Road|
|Breakfast one morning|