If someone wants a quick and real introduction of Yangon, Myanmar simply hops on the Yangon Circular Train for a nostalgic journey around the city, where you witness a close up on the daily life of the Myanmar people and also get a chance to capture some beautiful people and street images. The Yangon Circular Railway was built by the British during the colonial times back in 1954. The railway track consists of a total of 39 stations and it covers a distance of 45.9km.
The slow-moving train that runs through urban, suburban and rural areas takes about 3 hours to complete a single circuit journey. Apart from all the wonderful sites, you see outside of the window, inside the train is just equally entertaining. Activities are bursting inside the train. Myanmar is one of the most religious Buddhist countries in the world. It is very common to see the monks and the nuns on the street or in public transports. The street vendors are almost everywhere along the circular railway with their various interesting products. They run their daily businesses from the train to the platform of all the stations. The men, women, and kids are extremely friendly despite the language barrier and it’s interesting to observe their daily routine.
The Danyingon Station is the busiest and most interesting stations along the circular railway. There is no such platform in the station; it seems that the train suddenly enters a vegetable wholesale market. It’s nice to experience that the whole buying and selling activities of vegetables completed within just 1 or 2 minutes.
The long and slow journey of the circular train was quite memorable because it allows taking a quick look into the local life in Yangon, it provides a good opportunity to mingle with the friendly locals and a great scope of street photography.
About Tania Chatterjee
Tania Chatterjee is an eminent photo artist from the city of joy Kolkata, India. She is practicing photography since last 7 years winning many awards and accolades. Presently she is the Co-Founder and Mentor of a photography organization named FOTORBIT(www.fotorbit.com). Her niche subjects of photography are people, culture, travel, and documentation.
Her works have been exhibited in almost all major cities in India and near about 30 counties. Her photographs have been published by several national and international agencies. Winner of “Being a Girl” Travelling Photo Contest, 2016 supported by Govt. of India Initiative “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao”, UNFPA India, UN Women India, National Foundation for India and many more. Recently she has won West Bengal Government Information and Cultural Department’s State Level Photography award (2016-17) and nomination award from prestigious The Humanity Photo Awards, 2017( HPA) supported by UNESCO.
She has been appointed as a jury member in different national and international photography contests. For her photographic achievements, she has bagged distinctions like EFIP (Excellence FIP) from Federation of Indian Photography and EFIAP (Excellence FIAP) from FédérationInternationale de l’ArtPhotographique (France) Recognized by UNESCO.
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