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Circular Train and Shwedagon Pagoda

Checked out but left my luggage behind to collect later.Heading to the railway Station I saw one of the many betel nut sellers.

The Circular Train cost 1000K, went for 50 km and took 3 hours and the carriages rock from side to side. It is very much a local train and not a tourist ride, so a great way to see local life. I got the non air conditioned car for more atmosphere. Built by the British in 1954 . Foreigners were told to sit in the yellow carriage

Afterwards I walked to the Sky Bistro at Sakura Tower for a great view over city. I watched big storm head our way and had a Singapore Sling for 5000K.

I walked back to the hostel to collect my luggage and caught a taxi for 2500 to my next hostel. We got a little lost but eventually found it. Staying at Pickled Tea Hostel in a 6 bed mixed dorm for $21 USD a night. It is beautiful , very new and in a very local suburban street. I had the taxi driver take me to the massive gold Shwedagon Pagoda that can be seen from everywhere. It cost 8000 K to get a ticket . It was built 2600 years ago to an original height of 66 feet and the terrace covered 14 acres. From 14th century onwards successive monarchs rebuilt and reguilded until it reached its present height of 326 feet The top is inlaid with 3154 gold bells, over 7,000 diamonds and other precious stones

You have to be conservatively dressed and and cannot wear shoes or socks

There were teams of people circumnavigating sweeping and mopping the marble which felt lovely and cool to walk on

I then caught a taxi to Kandawgyi Lake ( the Hotel Esperado end of lake) for great views of the pagoda. There were lovely paths around the lake and it was very pretty

The entrance cost is 300 K and it is a haven from the busy downtown

Monk

Monk


Betel nut store

Betel nut store


Making betel nut cigarettes

Making betel nut cigarettes


Working in waist deep mud in the pavement

Working in waist deep mud in the pavement


Train station

Train station


On the circular train

On the circular train


Life by the railway line

Life by the railway line


On the train ride

On the train ride


Train ride

Train ride


Drying the washing

Drying the washing


3 hour train ride

3 hour train ride


Villages

Villages


Markets in stations

Markets in stations


Markets

Markets


Ladies with paste on their faces

Ladies with paste on their faces


Crowded train

Crowded train


Busy station

Busy station


My carriage was pretty empty

My carriage was pretty empty


Daily rain ahead

Daily rain ahead


Village

Village


Farming

Farming


Train gates across the road

Train gates across the road


Little boy with paste on his face

Little boy with paste on his face


Roads

Roads


Selling food on the train

Selling food on the train


Train station

Train station


View from Sky Bistro at Sakura Tower

View from Sky Bistro at Sakura Tower


View from Sky Bistro to the river

View from Sky Bistro to the river


Ominous rain clouds

Ominous rain clouds


View

View


View to Shwedagon Pagoda

View to Shwedagon Pagoda


Escalators up to the pagoda - no shoes allowed

Escalators up to the pagoda - no shoes allowed


It was so big - no photo does it justice

It was so big - no photo does it justice


Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda


Pagoda

Pagoda


People watching and worshipping

People watching and worshipping


Pagoda

Pagoda


So much gold

So much gold


First line of cleaners

First line of cleaners


From Behind

From Behind


Kandawgyi Lake

Kandawgyi Lake


Kandawgyi Lake

Kandawgyi Lake


View from lake to pagoda

View from lake to pagoda

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Myanmar

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