Yangon

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Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is an important commercial city in Myanmar. Yangon is founded as Dagon which is a small fishing town before and in 1755, King Alaungpaya conquered and renamed it to “Yangon” which means “End of Strife”.It is also the former capital with glistening pagodas, charming and unique style buildings and places. You can also see many colonial and government buildings which were built between middle of 19th century and outbreak of World War ll. With its shady parks and beautiful lakes, Yangon becomes “The Garden City of the East”.

The Sule Pagoda which is 151ft high is located in the center of the city. It is enshrined with a Sacred Hair Relic. It is originally built 2000 years ago but rebuilt and restored many times over centuries. As it is in the centre of the city, you can see many government building and commercial shops around there.

The Botahtaung Pagoda which is one of the three largest pagodas in the country is also enshrined with hair relics of the Buddha. Because it situated near river bank and is lack of crowd, it will give more spiritual feelings.

The Nkabaational Museum is somewhere where you can see the collections of art, literature, history, culture, etc, of the country. The highlight among the collection is 26ft high Sihasana (Lion Throne) which belonged to King Thibaw, that last King of Myanmar.

The Kaba Aye Pagoda which is 112ft high and means world peace was built for 1954-56 Sixth Buddhist Synod. The interior is hollow type and is famous for the silver Buddha in the inner relic chamber weighting 500 kg. In addition, there are some nice Buddha sculptures including four sided Buddha sculpture. Mahapasana Cave which is just north of Kaba Aye Pagoda is a great cave and took 14 months to build. It is used for holding religious ceremonies.

If you love shopping, Bogyoke Aung San Market and Chinatown are the best places to fulfill your thirst for shopping. Bogyoke Aung San Market is formerly known as Scott Market. There are hundreds of stalls for paintings, handicrafts, clothing, souvenirs, lacquerware, puppets, gems, jewellery, etc,. Chinatown where you can see stalls for foods and exotic products for sale and it is the best if you walk along in the evening.

The best places to feel the breeze are Royal Lake (Kandawgyi Lake) and Inya Lake. Royal lake is most attractive at sunset as Shwedagon Pagoda is reflected in the surface of the lake. Moreover, the best spot for photo shoot lies as there is a Karaweik, a concrete reproduction of a royal barge. Inya Lake which is roughly 5 times bigger than Royal Lake is a good place to have a walk and feel the breeze and enjoy light and special atmosphere.

The additional places to visit are ChaukhtatKyi Paya with a large reclining Buddha Image, Gems Museum and Yangon Harbor.

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