Out and About in Naypyidaw, Myanmar

I finally got to travel to Myanmar last December for an umpiring assignment at the 27th Southeast Asian Games. It has long been one of the places I wanted to visit. While I did not get the chance to explore Yangon or go to Bagan, I was able to do some sightseeing with my co-umpires in Naypyidaw (or Naypyitaw), the country’s new capital city.

This is probably one of the trips where I did not get to take a lot of pictures. Partly because I was not sure if picture-taking in certain areas is allowed. Also, for some reason, I just wanted to soak in every moment and capture images in my head.

So here are some of the pictures I did manage to take in the places we visited and a few grabbed from a friend and friend of a friend’s Facebook albums:

1. The wide and traffic-free boulevards of Naypyitaw

(photo credit: Tasha Lacsamana of Wushu Federation Philippines)
(photo credit: Tasha Lacsamana)
(photo credit: Tasha Lacsamana)
(photo credit: Tasha Lacsamana)

2. Gems Museum

(photo credit: Tasha Lacsamana)
(photo credit: Tasha Lacsamana)
(photo credit: Tasha Lacsamana)
(photo credit: Tasha Lacsamana)
(photo credit: Tasha Lacsamana)
(photo credit: Tasha Lacsamana)
One of the several shops at the ground floor of the Gems Museum (photo credit: Tasha Lacsamana)
One of the several shops at the ground floor of the Gems Museum (photo credit: Tasha Lacsamana)

3. Passing by the Parliament as the sun sets

Passing by the Parliament building on our way to the Uppatasanti Pagoda
Passing by the Parliament building on our way to the Uppatasanti Pagoda
View from a moving van
View from a moving van

4. Uppatasanti Pagoda at dusk

View from the side road that serves as drop-off point and vehicle parking/waiting area
View from the side road that serves as drop-off point and vehicle parking/waiting area. Visitors have to go barefoot from this point on.
The walkway used by visitors who come up using the elevators.
The walkway used by visitors who come up using the elevator.
Looking up from near the entrance to the elevator area.
Looking up from near the entrance to the elevator area.
The sight as we exit the lift.
The sight as we exit the lift.
With my co-umpires from Vietnam, Myanmar, and Indonesia. Women in pants are not allowed in the pagoda so we put on these nice longyis that the place provides for its female guests. (photo credit: Doan Trang Tran)
With my co-umpires from Vietnam, Myanmar, and Indonesia. Women in pants are not allowed in the pagoda so we put on these nice longyis that the place provides for its female guests. (photo credit: Doan Trang Tran)
Uppatasanti Pagoda shines at dusk. By this time, I felt peaceful and calm. Despite the many visitors, the place maintains a serene and quiet feel.
Uppatasanti Pagoda shines at dusk. By this time, I felt peaceful and calm. Despite the many visitors, the place maintains a serene and quiet feel.

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Inside the pagoda
Inside the pagoda
Inside the pagoda
Inside the pagoda
Inside the pagoda
Inside the pagoda
Going back to the elevator.
Going back to the elevator.
Uppatasanti at night.
Uppatasanti at night.
The other way up.
The other way up.
White elephant
White elephant
Street food
Street food
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