There is a town in Burma that almost the whole of the western world has never heard of, which is weird, because it’s six times the size of NYC. Stranger still, it’s also the country’s capital city. Ten years ago the Burmese government decided they would move the capital from Yangon to Naypyidaw, which was viewed as a strange decision because nobody had ever heard of it.
In case you don’t know, Burma is a country in Southeast Asia and has one of the strictest military regimes on the planet. They haven’t allowed democracy to flourish, even though the country’s residents are desperate for political change. Since the regime decided to move the capital, it has effectively been out of bounds to westerners – which seems incredibly odd, as it’s cost billions to build.
It was designed to house millions of people, but the whole metropolis is basically vacant. On the average day, only a few government workers can be seen in the city. There are barely any residents, which of course makes the whole thing even more bizarre.