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Myanmar's Capital City Looks Like A Ghost Town

Capital city relocation isn't as uncommon as you'd think, but when a country chooses to relocate the capital to what many have described as a "ghost town" it makes you wonder what's really going on.

In 2006 the government of Myanmar chose to officially change the country's capital city from Yangon to Naypyidaw, but apparently the people of Myanmar didn't get the memo.

Yangon is still the largest city in the country, with around 6 million citizens, while the government claims the population of Naypyidaw is just shy of a million. These photos taken in the capital seem to indicate otherwise.

No matter the time of day Naypyidaw's massive roadways and walkways are virtually devoid of human life, and yet the workers head out every day to do their job, making the whole Naypyidaw scene that much more surreal.

See Inside Myanmar's Haunting Capital City here and more photos of Naypyidaw here


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Brazil did largely the same thing, building Brazilia from nothing in the middle of the jungle, and making it their new capitol. There were many problems and untold critics calling it mad and ill fated. But it seems to have worked out well enough, now, with the benefit of much hindsight.
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