Yangon’s Abandoned Amusement Park

Photography in the abandoned amusement park in Yangon.

Hidden away in the heart of Yangon is an abandoned amusement park. This site has become legendary online among photographers for its post-apocalyptic vibe. There is an adrenaline rush to entering such a hauntingly cinematic scene and exciting for creative photographers to explore the decaying rides of the park. 

Photography in the abandoned amusement park in Yangon.
Photography in the abandoned amusement park in Yangon. CAUTION: Beware of Snakes! Enter only with licensed guide!

Finding the abandoned amusement park in Yangon is the first task. Any mapping app will provide the rough location. Gaining entry is another matter entirely. There are not signs indicating where to go, and local residents seem oblivious to its existence. 

Photography in the abandoned amusement park in Yangon.
Photography in the abandoned amusement park in Yangon. CAUTION: Beware of Snakes! Enter only with licensed guide!

Once inside, the paths are overgrown woth dense vegetation. Makeshift shelters for families lie on the edges of the property. Although they don’t speak any English, these residents do sometimes shout warnings of “snake!” in Burmese to those who enter. Upon further investigation we learned that king cobra are commonly sighted on the property.

Photography in the abandoned amusement park in Yangon.
Photography in the abandoned amusement park in Yangon. CAUTION: Beware of Snakes! Enter only with licensed guide!

The light reaching the ground within the park can be blocked by the tall tropics trees that have overtaken the grounds in the absence of any maintenance workers. On the day we visited, it was late afternoon with cloudy skies. 

Yangon's abandoned amusement park
An eery scene from Yangon’s abandoned amusement park

We were shooting on film (analog), which presented a challenge as we couldn’t simply change the iso setting on our cameras. As you can see from these photos, the scenes we captured turned out a bit dark, which also helped to capture the eery mood of the scene when we visited.

Photography in the abandoned amusement park in Yangon.
Photography in the abandoned amusement park in Yangon. CAUTION: Beware of Snakes! Enter only with licensed guide!

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