January 2017

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Yangon, Myanmar
4 January 2017

A day in the life of the Myanmar independence monument

Wednesday 4 January 2017 marks the day it is 69 years ago that Myanmar gained independence from the UK and it is an official public holiday. For the occasion we had a look at the Mahabandoola Park in Yangon through the eyes of the Independence Monument. Tourists will notice that all public transport is decorated with the Myanmar flags and communities are organising games in the streets for the children.

YANGON, 4 January 2017. Good morning everybody, I am the Myanmar Independence monument, standing in the centre of Yangon, right opposite the City Hall and 46 meter tall so I can clearly see what’s happening all around me. Happy to share a day in my life with you …….…especially on this special day as it is Independence Day

05:00  The first people start entering the park and are doing yoga, tai chi or other health exercises right below me. I love this time of the day as it’s cool and fresh (Yangon mornings can be just 20 degrees at this time of the year).

09:00 The last people in sports clothes have just left and I start seeing busses decorated with the Myanmar flag passing by, right in front of the city hall, next to the Sule pagoda as it is Independence Day. I do love these public holidays as many people will come and visit the park today.

10:00 Some tourists are making pictures of the former High court building, the beautiful building is mostly empty but still being used for the marriage registration.

12:00 People start arriving with umbrellas to create some shade (or for young couples to create a sense of privacy). Big families bring blankest and will spend a few hours in the park playing games. It’s busy times

15:00 It’s getting hotter and people start appreciating the shade I offer. Ice cream vendors are popular and in front of the city hall is a fruit juice seller doing good business. I love the current City Hall built in Myanmar style although the previous one was impressive as well.

17:00  My favourite time of the day, the sun is setting soon and the sky is at its most spectacular. I can see the pink and orange colours of the sun setting and love the reflection on the Sule Pagoda.

18:00 The lights at the Sule pagoda are switched on and will stay on the whole night. I am loving the renovated Aya bank lighting as well as the City hall. Oh… and let’s not forget the lights for myself as well.

19:00  The street between the park and the high court now has a great night bazaar style area with plenty of street food to taste. It’s getting popular nowadays and the Yangon authorities are doing an excellent job cleaning the street in the early morning.

23:00  The clock of the Baptist church at the corner suggest it’s 23:00 – time for me to take a rest. Hope you enjoyed this Independence Day as much as I did.

More information:

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/myanmar-burma/yangon/attractions/mahabandoola-garden/a/poi-sig/1368177/357104

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4NGrZqrUxU

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maha_Bandula_Park

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