Photo: Colonial Era Port Authority Building in Yangon, Myanmar

Old Port Authority Building in Yangon, Myanmar

Interior of the Old Port Authority Building in Yangon, Myanmar

Once again my old friend serendipity was looking out for me. We had gone to the bar at the Strand Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar (Rangoon, Burma) to have a drink and wait for the light to get better so I could do a little street photography. It was pretty cool being able to hang out where some of my literary heroes – Rudyard Kipling, George Orwell, Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward – used to imbibe. Almost next to the hotel was the old colonial era Port Authority Building. I had seen many photos of the exterior of this landmark and I was excited to find this derelict old place. On approach I noticed that the chain on the front door had been left hanging open and being the curious sort I decided to throw caution to the wind and have a look inside. It was incredible! Almost like a temple itself.

I had never seen photos of the interior of this building before and I was lucky to be able to get a few shots but this was another of those times that I wished I had my Canon 6D with me instead of the G16 but I made the most of it. I still haven’t seen other interior shots of this fascinating building and the camera that is best is of course the one you have with you.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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