Naypyidaw. Naypyidaw 2019-03-15

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Inside Naypyidaw: The Truth About Myanmar's 'Ghost City' Capital

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From street level, lifts carry visitors up to a raised walkway approaching the 99m structure. The map segment above shows a total area of 2,640 km² 60 km by 44 km. I told her it was incredible, and she blushed. People drifted about the enormous plaza — talking, praying, posing for photos. Someone rang the door buzzer, and I opened it to find a young hotel employee grinning in the corridor.

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The government of Myanmar claims that Naypyidaw has a population of 925,000 people, which may or may not be accurate… but reports in the Western media have also suffered from grossly misleading data. This, I realised, was what Myanmar looked like — what it could look like — in the 21st century. The car parking measures 200 metres by 107 metres and its total area is 21,400 square metres. Htat listed various points of interest around Naypyidaw, and I gave him the thumbs up. Restaurants at a highway rest stop, on the road into Naypyidaw, Myanmar. The entrance to the National Landmark Garden in Naypyidaw.

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Inside Myanmar's haunting capital city, Naypyidaw

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Since construction began in 2002, already a has been pumped into the project; but outside the Ministry Zones, block after block of the downtown districts are still little more than grass. An endless parade of neon signs flashed past: Golden Myanmar Hotel; Golden Guest House; Sky Palace Hotel; Junction Hotel; Royal Naypyitaw Hotel; The Oasis; The Hotel Amara. Just two years ago, he came here with high hopes as the country emerged from a long military dictatorship. Coffee was delivered, and refilled automatically whenever I got down past the halfway mark. We arrived at the market late, as the stalls were packing up. In a city four and a half times the size.

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Inside Naypyidaw: The Truth About Myanmar's 'Ghost City' Capital

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The territory of Naypyidaw has been cut into a messy grid of square blocks, and it looks as though developers pick just one at a time, at random, to build on. A street sweeper cleans this empty super-sized highway in the seemingly secluded capital city by hand with a broom The residential areas are carefully organised into 1,200 four-storey apartment blocks. A few years ago, I travelled to. Between the door and the breakfast bar, I was approached by no fewer than four staff. Breakfast in Naypyidaw In the morning I switched on the television. Children kicked a ball around an outdoor amphitheatre.

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Inside Naypyidaw: The Truth About Myanmar's 'Ghost City' Capital

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The seat of power had to escape the cramped confines of Yangon, formerly Rangoon, the then-government claimed, and needed more room to grow. The Fountain Park is a popular evening hangout filled with people, music, and a festival atmosphere. There are public buses too, between different neighbourhoods. . Fairy lights twinkled from the boughs of trees above. Since then, although developed to be the size of 120 Manhattans and to have space for up to one million residents, it remains a relative ghost town. The Naypyidaw General Hospital opened later in 2006.

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Burma's bizarre capital: a super

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The airport building is a two-story building with reinforced concrete boree piles. Obama is making his second visit to Myanmar as president. After the third phase is completed, the airport will be able to cope with 10. When it comes to recreational activities, there's the beautiful Uppatansanti Pagoda, which is similar in size and shape to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, as well as several parks and gardens, including a water fountain complex that hosts a musical light show each night. The city has a zoo, a safari park and four golf courses; a gem museum and a fountain garden. A monument watches over the road out of Naypyidaw, from the territory of the Defence Services Museum. The illuminated entrance to the Fountain Park in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.

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Naypyitaw

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Unlocked doors led to unfurnished, box-like apartments whose residents had simply never arrived. Vendors sell food, clothes and souvenirs, taxi drivers honk and haggle, while in amongst the chaos, Buddhist monks drift gracefully through the crowds. The road out of Naypyidaw, and beyond, the mountains of central Myanmar. Sat at my corner table, I counted the staff I had seen so far this morning. Nevertheless, I would suggest that these developed urban zones including their satellite townships cover approximately one tenth of the map above, giving an estimated total area of something like 260 km².

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We were the only guests in a 146 room hotel in Burma's

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Out the window however, I was looking at nothing but fields. The city is far from empty, and there are only certain parts of it that look even remotely like a ghost town. The airport officially opened on 19 December 2011. The ground floor is for passenger arrivals and the first floor for passengers departures. At the completion of the project, the airport will have 2 runways and 3 terminals with modern facilities.

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Inside Myanmar's haunting capital city, Naypyidaw

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Others escaped in the confusion. There is a large army compound on the edge of Naypyidaw, while according to rumours, an underground complex beneath the capital is reserved for high-ranking government officials. The company previously designed the annex to , as well as Singapore's and several airports of and. The twenty-lane highway leading towards parliament in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. Many people live in brick and wooden houses in the older townships, traditional styles that predate the arrival of the capital. Myanmar, arguably, was ready for a new capital; but Naypyidaw is an extravagant response, and the very layout of this city can feel somewhat totalitarian. Scenes from the market at Myoma in Naypyidaw.

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We were the only guests in a 146 room hotel in Burma's

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Certainly in the evenings, and at places like the Myoma Market, the Fountain Park and the pagodas, that feels believable. Homes were decaying before they had ever been used. The borders are open, and tourism is finally blooming in this once-reclusive state. On the dresser beside the bed lay a room service menu the size of a bible, and a flashlight in case of powercuts. Fortunately, the Aureum Palace Hotel seemed to have dealt with this scenario before. A Naypyidaw resident waters his lawn.

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