Tracks Around Yangon
Photos and words by Anne Moffat
The Storytellers was made possible by Singapore Airlines. Each of our winning Storytellers were connected to their exciting destinations via the airline's Singapore Hub where Anne had a speedy fast forward through to her next destination, Myanmar.
The Yangon Circular Railway is as close as Myanmar gets to a metro: 45.9 kilometres of track linking a sprawling loop of 39 stations through the urban, suburban and rural areas of Myanmar’s largest city.
Built during Colonial times by the British, the heavily used line is now worn and dilapidated, but not without a certain charm. Rickety carriages lazily clatter and bounce past pagodas, markets, farms, and even the airport. As the cheapest mode of transport, trains are packed with an assortment of characters: quiet monks in burgundy robes; snoozing elderlies who wake to spit out the window; lower-income commuters who use the service to carry fresh goods and produce.
The diversity of people and scenery makes riding Circle Line one of the best ways to gain an insight into everyday life in Myanmar.
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