Yangon Central Railway Station

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Yangon Central Railway Station was first built in 1877 by the British to support Burma’s first railway line, from Yangon to Pyay. The station was located on the southern side of the railway compound on the upper block of Phayre Street (now Pansodan Street) in the downtown area.

Yangon Central Railway Station

Yangon Central Railway Station

The history of Myanma Railways dates back to the colonial era of Burma. The idea of introducing a Railway transport system in Myanmar germinated in the year 1880. The British rulers planned a railway route between Phitsanoluk in northern Thailand (erstwhile Kingdom of Siam) and Moulmein in Burma. Unfortunately, the idea ended in fiasco for dearth of funds for the project.

Then in early 1939, when the Japanese forces gained control over entire South East Asia, they took initiative for building the railway link. Their sole intention was to use the railway as supply line for transporting army and war equipments to the Burmese front with the secret motive of invading India.

The Yangon’s Central Railway Station is located off Bogyoke Road, slightly east of the famous Scott (or Bogyoke Aung San) Market, and is bracketed by the Zoological Garden Road and Pansadon Street flyovers that form the two principal arteries linking downtown with north and central Yangon. If you’re arriving from the airport or heading up to Shwedagon or Kandawgyi, you’ll drive right past it. The main entrance is on Kun Chan Road.

The original station building was destroyed by retreating British forces in 1943 and only rebuilt after independence in 1954, when architect U Tin created the distinctive Burmese/Western fusion we see today with its green tiered towers. It is now a designated landmark building, so it’s in a better condition than many of the city’s other old buildings.

The Yangon’s Central Railway Station isn’t only the gateway to Myanmar where you can catch the train for further adventures around the country, but it is also the place where one can observe the fascinating everyday life. The station is a hive of activity, with thousands upon thousands of commuters passing through its halls every day. Especially photographers love coming here, interacting with the commuters and maybe even hoping onto the Circle Train for a three hour ride through the suburbs. This iconic line rattles slowly over 29 miles of bumpy tracks and through 38 stations, while vendors hop on and off, advertising their wares, and the uncomfortable benches in the stuffy train cars make your backside hurt.

The Central Railway Station was designed by the famous architect U Tin, who created the station in his distinct fusion style of Western and Burmese elements after the original structure was destroyed by the retreating British forces. With its green tiered pyatthat roofs and golden towers, the bright white paint job, the big windows and graceful pillars, the building has become an iconic sight in Yangon. But although the elegant station is spectacular to look at from the outside and without a doubt very photogenic, it’s the little moments and the activity inside, that make the trip to the station worth it. 

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