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Yangon

Yangon- The gateway to the country and accessible by every means of transport. It was founded in 1755 by a Burmese king although no trace at all of the palace can now be seen. The old town in the British colonial style was built in 1855 by the British. And the city today is known as the garden city. The present day Yangon covers over 350sq.km and has population of over 5 million.
The magnificent Shwedagon pagoda standing as the landmark on a hillock is a must for the visitors. The Scott ( Bogyoke) market, the colonial buildings in he town centre and the colossal reclining Buddha are worth seeing. It is also interesting see the Yangon River jetty and the life thereof.

What to See

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon PagodaTowering almost 100 metres above the green city scape of Yangon, the Shwedagon Pagoda is the landmark visible from miles around, one of the wonders of the world, it was believed to have been built over 2500 years ago where the four Buddhas relics were enshrined. Successive kings had embellished the Pagoda during the 15 century and Queen Shin Saw Pu raised it to its present height.

Kaba Aye Pagoda and Maha Pasana Guha

Kaba Aye PagodaKaba Aye, meaning world Peace, was built to commemorate the Sixth Buddhist Synod in 1954, which was held in Maha Pasana Guha (Cave) within the same compound.

Botataung Pagoda

Botataung means one thousand Commanders. Tradition has it that the king of Okkalapa, who built the Shwedagon Pagoda enshrining eight sacred hair relics of the Buddha, welcomed the sacred hair relics at the river side with his “thousand commanders” and later built this Botataung Pagoda in commemoration of this welcoming Buddha hair relics.

Sule Pagoda

Sule PagodaThe 46 meter high Pagoda is representative of the religions architecture of the Mons, the earliest inhabitants of Yangon, in its octagonal form which continues from base to spire.

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda

Chauk Htat Gyi PagodaThis huge 72 metre long Reclining Buddha, originally built in 1907, was reconstructed in 1966.

National Museum

It has five floors of exhibits. It displays the Lion throne, the Elephant throne, the Royal Regalia, manuscripts, painting etc.

Other attractions in Yangon are Mai-Iamu Pagoda, Tooth Relic (Swedaw) Pagoda, Lawka Chantha Ahbaya Laba Muni Buddha Image, Bogyoke Aung San Market, formerly known as Scott Market, People’s square and People’s Park, Zoological Garden and Hlawga Wildlife Park.

Beyond Yangon

Bago (Pegu)

Shwe-Maw-Daw PagodaLocated only 80 km from Yangon, Bago was an ancient capital of Mon Kingdom in 15th century. It is noted for hand-rolled cheroots factories and pickled fish. Sights to visited are Shwe- Tha-Lyaung Reclining Buddha (55 metres long), Shwe-Maw-Daw Pagoda, Kalyani Sima (Ordination Hall), Kyaikpun Pagoda and the Palace of King Bayintnaung.

Thanlyin (Syriam)

Kyauktan pagodaOnce a trading port occupied by the Portuguese in early 17th century, Thanlyin and its surroundings offer many attractions. The 1822 metre long bridge spanning the Bago River made possible the 30 minutes drive from Yangon. Kyaik-khauk Pagoda, Kyauktan pagoda in the middle of the creek are worth visiting.

Twan-Te

Twan-teA small town on the bank of man-made Twan­-te canal is two hours away by boat from Yangon.
The boat trip itself is a joy and a chance to see rural life along the canal while Twan-te is well known for making potteries.

Allied War Memorial Cemetery

Located 32 Km from Yangon, on the way to Bago, it has 27000 tomb-stones of Allied soldiers who lost their lives in Myanmar during the Second World War.

Shopping

Scott MarketBogyoke Aung San market (Scott Market) is the well known market in Yangon and it is one of the best places for souvenir shopping. Myanmar arts and Crafts: Lacquerware, Wood and Ivory Carving, tapestries, silverware, brassware, silk and cotton fabric are available at reasonable prices.