Yangon must seeI need Yangon to see.
Must-have in Yangon - Travelogues - Shwedagon Pagoda
Be careful of the June hot weather and the touristic tours that offer to'guide' you. A very long ascent (barefoot) takes you to the top of the mound where the central amphitheatre is located. In all honesty, this place is no different from any other Burmese sanctuary, I could not see the big whoop.
Even though it's crowded on a Sunday, this is a great coup. Magnificent building and ambience, I would suggest a leader, if not very intimate with this architectural and the buddhisticism. Early mornings ( (6-7 am) suggested ) to prevent intercourse and hot weather and to see more local people participating for their own prayer and meditations.
Were you at the Shwedagon Pagoda?
Nice flip-flop. There were things in the pit cage that we would not have known about without their help. Foreign nationals must contribute 4,000 kyats for entry. Climbing up the north stairs, which, like some other pagodas in Myanmar, was fringed with local advertisements. It seems that the east stairway is the longest and the west stairway is also the choice for other royalty and other people.
This pagoda preserves a reliquary of Buddha castles taken to Myanmar by two travelers who stopped worshipping Buddha after he had reached epiphany, so it is one of almost all the sacred places in Myanmar. You' re gonna have to watch this at dark. From Sule Pagoda (number 36) I took the local public transport and paid 200kyats.
Admission to the pagoda for a foreigner is slightly more than 10,000 karat (another good excuse to cut down on taxi fares!). Were you at the Shwedagon Pagoda?
Yangon needs a better deal with the effects of economic expansion.
While Yangon's position as Myanmar's economic and logistical centre is growing, the local authority, which expects an inflow of FDI and human resources, has put forward major modernization and expansion proposals for the town. However, many of the notified ventures have been criticized for poor implementation and lack of emergency plan.
Although the lion's share of the Union's total spending for the period 2017-18 will be earmarked for the Union's overall growth agenda, questions such as blackouts, shortages of housing, road jams and a scarcity of essential transportation infrastructures still persist. The Yangon City Strategy Committee (YCDC) should therefore concentrate on solving the current challenges before new initiatives are launched.
From his inauguration in 2016, U Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister of Yangon, has initiated a series of new initiatives designed to address the needs of the investor and provide employment for the local population. These include a new industry area, an increased ring highway and an entirely new 1,500 square kilometers of rural space - twice as large as Singapore - to the east of Yangon.
In the meantime, investment is still being made while Yangon is expanding. The Directorate of Investment and Business Administration said that 143 companies from abroad were allowed to make investment in Yangon in 2017-18, while 45 Burmese community companies made investment during the same time. This also attracts inhabitants from other federal states and areas to the town looking for work.
"Over 8,000 new workplaces were generated by new investment in 2017-18, many of which came from the clothing industry," said U Myint Thaung, Secretary of State for Spatial Affairs and Finances this months. As a consequence of rapid developments, one of Yangon's greatest challenges is to provide new and internally-displaced people with adequate and accessible accommodation and to combat squatter.
Yangon's total populace is projected to increase by more than 40 per cent to 10 million over the next 20 years. Kyaw Naing, an engineering graduate from Mayangoneownship, said that emergency shelters against squatting, unemployment and electricity and plumbing must be available when new Yangon development is underway.
Yangon's administration has not sat idly. In the last two years, the Ministry of Construction has worked with the residential community to create affordable accommodation such as the Shwe Lin Pan Waterfront and Yuzanna Buildings in the Dagon Seikkan Citieship. Others, such as the Ayarwon and Yadanar residential construction schemes, were also partly completed, with the entities each selling for K30 million.
The Yangon state authorities presented an update on the new ?1 trillion residential development project on 4 May, which is to be jointly develop with the public authorities over the next ten years. Eight new residential developments were suggested during the six-month transition phase from April to September. A congressman, Mr Than Naing Oo, pointed out that "under the former regime new properties were built without support infrastructures.
As a result, many of the new urban areas and residential areas still rely on the current infrastructures for local public utilities, which has put the town under even greater strain. "Since some of the new residential areas are already experiencing similar difficulties, the authorities should find out how they can resolve the difficulties before they hurry to construct new housing," he said.
Another stubborn issue in Yangon is the lack of electrical energy. In spite of several pledges to reliably deliver energy to the town, there are blackouts, especially in the summers and the wet seasons. It' s such a shame when the current is interrupted every season," said Ko Myo Aung Htwe, member of the Yangon School of Political Science executive team.
In this year 440 MW of extra Yangon energy from three new hydropower stations in Thaketa, Myingyan and Tha Htone were committed. Thaketa, which went on stream in March, is said to cover about 20 percent of Yangon's needs, said U Win Khaing, Minister of Energy and Ec. Last year, as a short-term measure, the Union also authorised the use of K30 billion from the President's Presidential Sonderfonds to run a natural-source facility that can generate up to 25 MW of energy for up to 160,000 Yangon-induced outages.
Yangon's Asian Development Bank predicts that this could increase to 4,500 MW by 2020, with Yangon using at least half of the available capacity. As the number of urban residents has increased, roadgestion has also become an important area. Although several proposals have been made over the years, such as the building of a multi-storey car park, Yangon's congested roads remain one of the biggest issues affecting retail and logistic links throughout the town.
The number of automobiles on the roads is increasing every year, but the available car parks have not risen to take account of the increase. "As a consequence, motorists have accessed to park their vehicle on the Lane, which is one of the causes for the chronic congestion in Yangon, the cop said.
To relieve congestion, the state administration has endeavoured to reorganise local transport. In October last year, it introduced the YangonWaterBus system with the goal of relieving road congestion and using the Yangon River highways. "We knew before the Waterbus started that it would be a disaster because the Yangon River is outside the cities and people have to take the commuter buses for a few hour to get back to the city," said Ko Kyaw Naing.
Yangon Regional Transport Authority Undersecretary U Maung Aung said it was too early to judge whether the Yangon Watertrain was a hit. "Up to now, the busses have been operating normally, but some new lines still need to be upgraded. At first, the Waterbus does not spare commuteers much extra travel times in comparison to conventional buses," he said.
In January, the new Yangon Coach Service (YBS) replaced the old Ma Hta Tha system. However, commentators say that the new system has also brought new issues for those commuting that have not yet been resolved. Governments plan to abolish the cartridges and replace them with Yangon Payments Services' credit/debit cards system.
Following the selection of Excel KC Myanmar for the implementation of the system at the beginning of the year, last months the Myanmar authorities cancelled their agreement with the firm and said it was not competent to execute the order. Overall, it is clear that Yangon needs better planning and implementation policies and stronger emergency response planning as it launches new ventures and increases the effort to enlarge the town.
"YCDC has been developing new residential properties, but has not been able to supply every home with power and drinking power. They' re starting new ventures now before they can resolve congested roads and park problems," said Ko Kyaw Naing. "Yangon is not a good place to be these days because the government is not doing a good day's work to cope with the effects of growing in this city," she said.