Yangon

Yangon

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, was the capital of Myanmar, is known for its colonial architecture, which although decaying, remains an almost unique example of a 19th-century British colonial capital. The present day Yangon covers 400 sq km and has a population of over 4 million. Capital and main gateway to Myanmar, an Asian tropical city still true to its former colonial origins. Ever green and cool with plentiful tropical trees, sunny parks and beautiful lakes, Yangon has named "The Garden City of the East". With a combination of new and old, Myanmar's capital possesses a peaceful atmosphere with colonial boulevards and tranquil lakes. With a population of over 4 million, this charming town is transformed into a thriving city by night, with bustling streets filled with stalls overflowing with everything from food to crafts to cigars. The main attraction of Yangon is the world-famous Shwedagon Pagoda. The Shwedagon pagoda has been built more than 2500 years ago, is a much-revered shrine whose cultural splendour never fails to enchant. Towering 100 metres above the green cityscape of Yangon, the Shwedagon is a landmark visible from afar. Famous for the unique and glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, temples, markets and impressive colonial-era buildings. Other tourist attraction include: the 70-metre long reclining Buddha of Chauk-Htat-gyi Pagoda, Kaba Aye (World Peace) Pagoda and Maha Pasana Cave; giant Images of Buddha's Earlier Lives at Mai-la-mu Pagoda; Mahawizaya Pagoda; National Museum; Bogyoke Aung San Park and Kandawgyi Lake; Peoples' Square and Peoples' Park; and Zoological Garden.
Bago (Pegu)

Bago (Pegu)

Bago, earliest capital of the Mon Kings of the 14th to 16th century and of second Myanmar Empire fashioned by king Bayinnaung, is situated only 80 km from Yangon.

Allied War Memorial Cemetery

Allied War Memorial Cemetery

The Allied War Memorial Cemetery in Taukkyan commemorates over 30,000 British Commonwealth soldiers who died in Burma during World War II. There are 6,374 beautifully well-kept graves in all (along with 52 graves of WWI soldiers). A further 27,000 names of fallen soldiers with no known graves are engraved on the Rangoon Memorial, an imposing and...

Kyaiktiyo - Golden Rock Pagoda Highlights

Kyaiktiyo - Golden Rock Pagoda Highlights

Another wonder of Buddhist monuments, Kyaiktiyo or the Golden Rock Pagoda, which precariously hangs over a cliff edge 1,100 metres above sea level, defying all laws of gravity, is not to be missed by any visitor to Myanmar.

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, just a short distance northeast of Shwedagon, houses a striking reclining Buddha image that measures an impressive 65 metres long and 16 metres high. Sometimes referred to by foreign visitors as the 'Sweet-Eyed Buddha, the statue's porcelain face is punctuated by expressive large eyes (made from special imported Japanese...

Botahtaung Pagoda

Botahtaung Pagoda

Considered one of the three major worship sites in Yangon (the other two being Shwedagon and Sule Pagoda), Botahtaung features quirky charms and peculiarities.

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