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They Built a Supersized Capital, Six Times Larger Than New York City. But Nobody Came!

Have you ever wanted to visit a perfectly maintained yet completely empty city? Better book that ticket to Naypydaw!

You might be thinking that this abandoned city is filled with nuclear waste, riddled with radiation or worse, haunted. But in reality, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this city; rather, it’s just a victim of change.

What’s in this city that people are so adamant to avoid?

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Naypydaw is a huge city that spans about 4,800 square kilometers. Its giant boulevards have up to 20 lanes, and they’re said to have been designed to allow air crafts to land on them. And these roads even have carefully pruned shrubbery.

The streets are built for 20 lanes of traffic…

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But the boulevards are almost completely empty.

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You can see endless rows of detached buildings painted in light pinks, baby blues, and off whites amid a landscape of meticulously maintained yards.

Everything is well-maintained, but for whom?

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It has its own safari park, a zoo with an air-conditioned penguin habitat, and four golf courses. And unlike much of the country, which is one of Southeast Asia’s most poverty-stricken, Naypydaw has reliable electricity and many of its restaurants have free and fast Wi-Fi. The only thing missing from this city is people. The metropolis that is (was) Naypydaw is basically deserted. It’s like a perfectly manicured apocalyptic setting where there’s no chaos and people just disappeared!

Workers sweep huge highways that are barely used.

Workers sweep huge highways that are barely used.

You might be wondering what it is about this city that people seem to be avoiding. Well, as mentioned above, it’s nothing as drastic as nuclear waste.

There have been reports that Burma contracted technicians from North Korea to build an undisclosed network of tunnels.

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Apparently, Naypydaw became the official capital of Myanmar (or Burma) a decade ago after the government decided to move the capital from Yangon for reasons unknown.

Since then, the government has spent money on developing the area that is now Naypydaw. Before the development effort, the land was the middle of a jungle that had been uninhabited by people for over 2,000 years.

Laborers working on the streets of Naypydaw.

Laborers working on the streets of Naypydaw.

Some government workers moved to the new capital in 2005, but many are hesitant to be separated from their families due to the lack of schools in the new capital. On top of that, the residential areas are color coded based on the jobs of the inhabitants.

This man can ride his bike safely through the streets without a helmet!

This man can ride his bike safely through the streets without a helmet!

As it turns out, foreigners aren’t keen on visiting the ghost city, and travel agents report that the city might be “dangerous.”

The city was built in the middle of an unsettled jungle.

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Although the restaurants and hotels are completely empty….

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There’s wifi everywhere.

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Would you dare to visit Burma’s ghost town?

124 Comments

  1. ေအာင္ ဇင္

    May 4, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Kaung Sat Hein Htet ၿဖိဳး ဝဏၰ ေအာင္ သားရီးတို႕လာက်ိ😂

  2. ေအာင&#

    March 5, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Kaung Sat Hein Htet ၿဖိဳး ဝဏၰ ေအာင္ သားရီးတို႕လာက်ိ😂

  3. Pyae Phyo Paing

    May 4, 2017 at 3:36 AM

    A Win လာက်ိေလ

  4. Pyae Phyo Paing

    March 5, 2018 at 8:58 AM

    A Win လာက်ိေလ

  5. KY AW

    May 3, 2017 at 7:12 PM

    love to live that kind of environment. no crowd. no traffic. fresh air. many people are also residing at Nay Pyi Taw even the President. Dont express so wried words to describe our city of Myanmar. #credit

  6. Aung Minn Khant

    May 3, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Than Shwe used uncountable money and built this Nay Pyi Taw instead of upgrading Yangon.Indeed, Yangon is the very important commercial city of Myanmar. Now we’re suffering the appalling car traffic and many other problems in the city.

  7. Turker Çınar

    May 3, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    chg9

  8. KY AW

    March 5, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    love to live that kind of environment. no crowd. no traffic. fresh air. many people are also residing at Nay Pyi Taw even the President. Dont express so wried words to describe our city of Myanmar. #credit

  9. Aung Minn Khant

    March 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM

    Than Shwe used uncountable money and built this Nay Pyi Taw instead of upgrading Yangon.Indeed, Yangon is the very important commercial city of Myanmar. Now we’re suffering the appalling car traffic and many other problems in the city.

  10. Nipuna Withanage

    May 3, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Emily give it a go?

  11. Khai Htoo

    May 3, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    mother of ခ်ီးပဒိန္း 😂

  12. Turker Çınar

    March 5, 2018 at 7:13 AM

    chg9

  13. CinTial Zaathang

    May 3, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Nang Khu Lian Sui Hliang Ning Pt DawtChin SawmHal Millie Dawt Tha Par

  14. Wai Mar Pearl

    May 3, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Lol.. ghost town .. there is people but just that the town is so big

  15. Nipuna Withanage

    March 5, 2018 at 7:13 AM

    Emily give it a go?

  16. Khai Htoo

    March 5, 2018 at 7:13 AM

    mother of ခ်ီးပဒိန္း 😂

  17. Achmad Fauzie

    May 3, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Such a giant waste

  18. Ei Ei Nyein Chan

    May 3, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Just come and visit this town.😁😁

  19. Zaw Phyo

    May 3, 2017 at 7:34 AM

    i really like living in Naypyitaw. 🙂

  20. CinTial Zaathang

    March 5, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Nang Khu Lian Sui Hliang Ning Pt DawtChin SawmHal Millie Dawt Tha Par

  21. May Myint Myat

    May 3, 2017 at 7:02 AM

    May Kabyar Oo come and see 😂
    How brainless they are!? 😂
    They should use the budgets for uni students 😂
    Like building universities in downtown 😒

  22. Wai Mar Pearl

    March 5, 2018 at 8:11 AM

    Lol.. ghost town .. there is people but just that the town is so big

  23. Pyae Phyo Ko Ko

    May 3, 2017 at 6:46 AM

    It great ..
    We feel better than to live Yangon

  24. Theint Theint Toeaung

    May 3, 2017 at 6:38 AM

    love to live that kind of environment. no crowd. no traffic. fresh air. many people are also residing at Nay Pyi Taw even the President. Dont express so wried words to describe our city of Myanmar.

  25. Thu Ya

    May 3, 2017 at 6:26 AM

    :p

  26. Achmad Fauzie

    March 5, 2018 at 8:08 AM

    Such a giant waste

  27. Nyan Lin Htet

    May 3, 2017 at 6:07 AM

    Fast and furious 9 pls come here. It’s safe for your guys.

  28. Kyaw Myat Win

    May 3, 2017 at 5:53 AM

    I’m from Nay Pyi Taw 😂😂

  29. Phyo Thura Win

    May 3, 2017 at 5:50 AM

    one of the place like area 51 😂

  30. Zin Mar Wai Phoo

    May 3, 2017 at 5:31 AM

    Ye Ye Wai Yan 😄

  31. Htet Htet Win Thu

    May 3, 2017 at 5:30 AM

    Not Burma :’) *Myanmar.

  32. Ei Ei Nyein Chan

    March 5, 2018 at 8:08 AM

    Just come and visit this town.😁😁

  33. Pranaav Devnani

    May 3, 2017 at 4:18 AM

    Jessica Mirchandani

  34. Zaw Phyo

    March 5, 2018 at 8:08 AM

    i really like living in Naypyitaw. 🙂

  35. May Myint Myat

    March 5, 2018 at 8:11 AM

    May Kabyar Oo come and see 😂
    How brainless they are!? 😂
    They should use the budgets for uni students 😂
    Like building universities in downtown 😒

  36. Pyae Phyo Ko Ko

    March 5, 2018 at 8:08 AM

    It great ..
    We feel better than to live Yangon

  37. Alex Nwel

    May 3, 2017 at 2:40 AM

    Lel..it’s damned hot there..but if u’re thinking of going, pay a visit to the museum in tht town, it’s awesome!!

  38. Theint Theint Toeaung

    March 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM

    love to live that kind of environment. no crowd. no traffic. fresh air. many people are also residing at Nay Pyi Taw even the President. Dont express so wried words to describe our city of Myanmar.

  39. Thu Ya

    March 5, 2018 at 7:13 AM

    :p

  40. Nyan Lin Htet

    March 5, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Fast and furious 9 pls come here. It’s safe for your guys.

  41. Oak Thar Kyaw

    May 3, 2017 at 2:06 AM

    Dare means so much😂😂😂 ,
    At least you will be safe in that city and never worry about accidents
    You can safely travel around this city
    But actually,this article’s photo just shot around this mega lanes and government officials’ buildings, why don’t they shot photos in city’s districts or townships, there’s nearly 1.5 million people lived around there

  42. Kyaw Myat Win

    March 5, 2018 at 8:08 AM

    I’m from Nay Pyi Taw 😂😂

  43. Phyo Thura Win

    March 5, 2018 at 7:13 AM

    one of the place like area 51 😂

  44. Zin Mar Wai Phoo

    March 5, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Ye Ye Wai Yan 😄

  45. Htet Htet Win Thu

    March 5, 2018 at 8:07 AM

    Not Burma :’) *Myanmar.

  46. Pranaav Devnani

    March 5, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Jessica Mirchandani

  47. Alex Nwel

    March 5, 2018 at 8:11 AM

    Lel..it’s damned hot there..but if u’re thinking of going, pay a visit to the museum in tht town, it’s awesome!!

  48. Oak Thar Kyaw

    March 5, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Dare means so much😂😂😂 ,
    At least you will be safe in that city and never worry about accidents
    You can safely travel around this city
    But actually,this article’s photo just shot around this mega lanes and government officials’ buildings, why don’t they shot photos in city’s districts or townships, there’s nearly 1.5 million people lived around there

  49. DrSouvik Pyne

    May 2, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    I have been there !!! My feelings were same, where are the people??!!!

  50. DrSouvik Pyne

    March 5, 2018 at 8:11 AM

    I have been there !!! My feelings were same, where are the people??!!!

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