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Naypyidaw, Myanmar

Naypyidaw (Nay Pyi Taw) is the capital city of Myanmar, also known as Burma. The primary focus of Nay Pyi Taw is overwhelmingly the business of government, there are a few things to for tourists to see, including the huge Uppatasanti Pagoda, built in 2009 and just 30cm shorter than the Shwedagon Pagoda (in order to not upstage its historically revered counterpart). It is located 15 kilometres from the main hotel zone and 10 kilometres from the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, the huge (but less easy to access) 31-building Myanmar parliament complex.

The towering statues of three old kings, presumably designed to reflect the power of the generals, feature on postcards around the country (often accompanied by military parades) – but are in fact off-limits to visitors. 

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