Old, meet new

Visiting Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar is like stepping into a time-machine.

The city (and the country) are caught at a crossroads of old and new. After decades of being a controlled and closed society, the country is (very) slowly opening up. The military junta ran out of money to run the country the way it wanted to (this, by the way, is a classic example of the effectiveness of sanctions) and decided that it had no other option but to open up the country.

Although many oppressive practices are still undertaken in this deeply religious country, the general mood (at least in the south) is one of optimism and new beginnings.

Pictured below is a (cool) monk, praying with his beads at the beautiful and majestic Shwedagon Pagoda.

Monk in Yangon

This picture is #8 in my #365k photo series

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