Thursday, November 19, 2015

Myanmar stay for the student exchange program day1-4

Hi. This is Genki, the master course student in Kawasaki group.
This is the forth day of my stay in Yangon, so I want to report how I live in Yangon.
Since it is winter in Japan now, I felt really hot in Myanmar at first but now I'm getting used to it.
I'm staying at the Guest House in Yangon Technological University (YTU) and it's very comfortable. I usually read books and papers here after I come back.

Thanks to all the help by Dr. WinWinZin from Civil Engineering Department and other many friends in YTU, I have nothing in trouble so far. 

One of the canteens I usually use is as follows.

Myanmar people are so kind and mild that I sometimes forget the fact that I'm in the foreign country. 
Yesterday, I went to Yangon downtown with my friends. We used train, not taxi, but it only took around 40 minutes from the nearest station from YTU to the Yangon Central Station. Of course it depends on the time but I think it's sometimes better to use train to go to the downtown area, because in Myanmar the traffic congestion is now a big problem and it sometimes takes more than an hour and a half to go by taxi.
Here are the sceneries from YTU to the nearest station.

I was surprised that there are many British style traditional buildings in Yangon downtown area. These buildings were constructed when Myanmar was the British colony. So I think they have more than a hundred history. At the center of the downtown, there is a big independent monument and it was also awesome. 
You can see many pictures I took in the train and downtown.

 People are living near the station and there are markets for residents. Actually we can see the similar scene in Thailand.

The Yangon Central Station. When we arrived there were few people.

 Yangon City Hall. I took a picture with my friends!

Sule Pagoda. It was fantastic but there is a larger pagoda here in Yangon named Shwedagon Pagoda.

A Court. It looks like Big Ben in London. You can feel the history.

Independent Monument. 

I think this is the best picture of this day.

Home electric appliances market. There were many Samsung shops but I also found SONY, HITACHI, Panasonic and other Japanese companies' name.

I also can feel the history!

As you can see, there are many places to visit only in Yangon! I really recommend you to come to Myanmar. 
I'm really enjoying Myanmar. I'm also going to study my research topic about the relationship between flood and poverty during my stay here.

See you soon.


  1. Wow, great pics in Yangon!
    I miss the local train in Yangon.


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