Having run a creative studio now for a number of years, I’m always looking for a dose of inspiration. If you can find it in a tropical dystopian setting – even better.
One way I like to overcome a creative block is a bit of urban exploration. That could mean go to a new part of the city with my camera. Maybe go out on a night mission with a few artists. Whatever it is, I just want to actively do something which gets me to a location that I have never seen. Some missions have been more crazy than others and some are just a bit weird. The abandoned amusement part in Yangon is one of those mildly weird locations you find. Slightly dystopian and very eerie. It’s worth a visit.
I found out the park was built in 1997 right next to zoo and was loved by the military junta who built it to distract from all the horrible crap they were doing across the country. But after 15 years it fell into disrepair, contracts for the land never got renewed, ministry offices closed and that was that. Now its a mini tourist destination for itself with many people like myself mooching about making videos and taking pics.
With a ton of rides that you can climb all over, it’s a fun detour for an afternoon. Just watch those street dogs (grab a stick!), watch out for the mosquitoes and be respectful with the people who live in and around the spot.
According to this Facebook post, it seems that he park will be torn down soon and rebuilt as a new amusement park, but who really knows…
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