A newly-tailored guide for Yangon’s Circular Train has been planned to launch for Myanmar travellers to experience the epic railway journey on the other side of the city, said a statement released by a social enterprise.
“This timely travel product is tailored for the journey, an increasingly popular feature on the travellers’ must-do list, making it an even more worthwhile travel experience,” said the statement of iDiscover, the brainchild of the Hong Kong-based enterprise.
"The product iDiscover App&Map was developed in response to a growing interest from travellers to see and experience the ‘real’ city and feel like a local rather than a tourist,” said iDiscover founder Ester van Steekelenburg.
“We want to facilitate and empower local partners, such as NGOs and community organisations, to showcase the uniqueness of their neighbourhood as a destination, and share their valuable local knowledge with a new audience using modern technology,” the founder added.
The iDiscover statement also suggested six neighbourhoods that were worth a wander and a total of 50 sites where you could stop to eat, drink, shop, or play.
The six highlighted neighbourhoods are Ahlone, home of the Karen, the humble traditional neighbourhood Kyeemyindaing, the vibrant student town Hledan, historic prison precinct Insein, Tadagale, a village market with a golden pagoda and Mahlwagone, a place of street life and sports.
Off-the-beaten-track places would give a visitor an intimate glimpse in the daily life of the city, the statement said.
“We also aim to promote local businesses and traditional trades that define the authenticity and vibrancy of older neighbourhoods to help them survive in the 21st century", said Ester van Steekelenburg.
And, the neighbourhoods and sites are handpicked by the curative team from a Yangon-based artisan shop Hla Day and students from Pre-collegiate Program Yangon. Together they hopped on the circular train to find hidden gems, local hotspots and colourful characters under the guidance of the iDiscover team from Hong Kong and local urban explorers Sara Candiracci, Anna Livia Cullinan and the late Bon Percival.
“My classmates and I spent a weekend walking around the neighbourhoods along the Circular Line. We’re excited to see our work now published. We enjoyed exploring with the iDiscover team to understand more the lesser known neighbourhoods in Yangon.” said Tim, Pre-collegiate program.
“We’re thrilled to be involved with iDiscover and curate the walks through Yangon. It’s been a wonderful collaboration to share our favourite places and celebrate the many hidden wonders of
Yangon." said Ulla, founder of Hla Day.
As well, the designer of the iDiscover Circular Train map Jackie Lynn explained, “It was my first time to visit and explore some of these neighbourhoods along the Circle Line. To complete this project, I ended up visiting all the neighbourhoods and taking the train several times to make sure I captured all those details. I really like Mahlwagone and its food shops and bars.”
“iDiscover always come up with brilliant ideas and fun events to attract the young and creative.
The Yangon Circle Line map will be very helpful for tourists and visitors to explore around the
Neighbourhood,” said Any Naing, owner of Burma Bistro.
OK, the new Circular Railway guide is the newest edition to iDiscover Yangon, a series of travel guides to Yangon’s old and authentic neighbourhoods. The guide wonderfully complements the current five iDiscover guides for downtown Yangon: Pansodan, China Town, Indian Quarter, the Secretariat and a special edition: Yangon Good Guide.
The guides come as a savvy set of a printed map and an easy-to-navigate app, packed with insider secrets, handcrafted walking itineraries, beautiful photography and intimate background stories, all at your fingertips.
Along with the launch of the new guide at Burma Bistro in Yangon on October 21st (Sunday) at 2-6 p.m., iDiscover and Featured Collectives will co-host a Circular Train Photo Exhibition, featuring 20 photographs of portraits and street scenes along the train line.
What’s more, there is an Instameet event, co-organised with Featured Collectives and IGers Myanmar. Using the App&Map, participants have to take photos of hidden gems along the Circular Train Line and upload to their Instagram accounts. An expert jury team will pick the most creative shots for attractive prizes!
Events’ details can be also found on the Facebook Event Page. https://www.facebook.com/events/330288437729106/
What’s next? The Yangon Art Map is in the making, showcasing all Yangon art galleries and creative spaces in one handy map.
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