Thursday, January 29, 2015

Young locals love People's Park

Yesterday I planned to visit the Yangon Art Gallery which is situated at the entrance of the People's Park when coming from Ahlone Road (the entrance closer to Pyay Road). The gallery was hosting the exhibition of painter Nay Sun whose watercolours landscapes and river views I liked very much. The best paintings were already sold with prices between 150 and 200 USD, depending on the size.

Below you can see my favourite painting:

Afterwards I entered the People's Park located close to the Shwedagon Pagoda(for which the foreigners have to pay a 300 Kyats entrance fee). The park is big and has two lakes, some watch towers, small taverns, coffee shops, plenty of benches, tree top suspension bridges for children, a Planetarium, and I read about a small museum with life-size models presenting the different nationalities of the country. There is also a huge square which has an equally huge water fountain with beautiful views on the Shwedagon Pagoda. 
They say the park was renovated in 2011 but for me some places were still very much under renovation. The park can offer the perfect location for a leisurely afternoon of stroll, far from the city's hustle & bustle especially if you visit with children. In the morning at around 7 a.m. you can join the locals in the morning gymnastics.

It seams that the main theme of the park is around love. Many symbols in form of benches or flower hearts can be found scattered around. And, of course, the loved up couples who are hiding under umbrellas, trees and bushes. Indeed, the park provides a perfect place for couples to express their feelings without being undisturbed. Don't forget that many young adults often still live with their family, most of them in one or two rooms and that it is difficult to find an adequate location to meet with their partners.

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