On Saturday, 19 July, the Myanmar people commemorated Martyrs’ Day, the day General Aung San and other ministers were assassinated. This happened in 1947, the year Burma gained independence from Britain, a process in which the General was deeply involved.
His daughter, Aung San Suu Kyi, was 2 years old at that time. People in the capital, from what we saw, lay wreaths of flowers at his statue, a procession of people walked through the streets with pictures of the assassinated persons, and visited in great numbers the Bogyoke Aung San Museum. We already visited it and his last residence contains personal objects, furniture, and books. The house has a beautiful architecture and a nice garden. The collection inside is not huge and can be seen in at most one hour.
But we decided to leave Yangon for a short trip on the other side of the Yangon River. We reached the jetty which is very busy with taxis and a wet market (it is close to the Strand hotel). The boats leave several times an hour. People transport all imaginable things from one side to the other.
We found the following options to arrive in Twante, the village with traditional pottery workshops: trishaws, bikes, motorbikes, small buses, large old buses and taxis. We opted for the bus. And we started an approximately one hour trip covering 30 km over a bumpy road.
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