Myanmar Abandoned CityBurma Abandoned City
A lavish modern city six times the size of New York City, but almost deserted.
Forsaken cities are fascinating, but also scary. It is even stranger when a city almost seems abandoned, but is actually occupied by those who do not want or cannot abandon it. The town of Naypyidaw, Burma, is an even stranger case.
It is a city that very few have ever seen, and even fewer have actually been there. And the weirdest part is that it is the city. This site has been established over the past ten years as a homage to the stately and honourable junta that has reigned in Burma since the Second World War.
Naypyidaw has all the amenities of a contemporary metropolis, among them immaculate landscaped parks, hotel in infinite lines, stunning WiFi, several links to golfs and giant 20-lane motorways. Now, folks. In order to comprehend this strange and awkward circumstance, we go back to November 6, 2005, when the then Than Shwe army regimes "moved" the capitol from Yangon to Naypyidaw.
There has been no offer of explanations to the Burmese population, but such an unreasonable and senseless choice is not entirely unexpected when it comes from one of the most oppressive governments in the hemisphere. It means "seat of the king" or "residence of the kings" and the period of his move was chosen by Than Shwe's much sought-after astrologer group.
There are those who believe that the reality is a mirror of the ruler's humiliation or just his delusions, considering the bold name and the fact that he is committed to the incarnation of Burma's King Kyannsittha in the eleventh century. However, some firmly believe that the junta's increasing fears of an amphibian U.S. army attack drove superior reasoning so that the city was relocated from the south shore to the geographical city.