Yangon

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The city of Yangon was a mixture of solid-looking British colonial buildings, administrative buildings in the local style, and many many golden-topped Buddhist stupas and temples. The streets were busy with people and the roads were full of cars, and no motorbikes as they are banned in the city centre. Notably, most cars were white in colour, in part because the Myanmar people are very superstitious and white is a lucky colour. If your car is anything else but white or black it becomes harder to sell. Most cars here are imported second-hand from Japan, so the newer cars will speak to you in Japanese with a digital display in Japanese (so mostly turned off). Because these cars come from Japan the steering wheel is on the right yet the cars drive on the right; not an ideal situation.  The cars used to drive on the left because of the British influence, but in 1970 all that changed.

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© Helen Gray 2020