Yangon is the Capital city, the gateway to Myanmar ( Burma ) by air and sea. Ever green and cool with lush tropical trees, shady parks with beautiful blossoms and lakes. The City of Yangon ( Rangoon ) was once the cleanest city in Asia, some even exaggerated as the Queen of the Cities.
Shwe Dagon Pagoda-Towering almost 100 meters above the green city-scape of Yangon, the Shwedagon Pagoda is the prominent landmark visible from miles around. It is one of the wonders of the world, and it is believed to have been built more than 2500 years ago. It is the essence of Myanmar and being a place that never fails to enchant. A visit to Yangon is incomplete without a visit to Shwedagon.
The name Kaba Aye in Myanmar means “World Peace” to which this pagoda is dedicated. Built in 1952, the pagoda is significant for the Sixth World Buddhist Synod which was held in its large compound in 1954. The Buddhist Art Museum and Maha Pasana Cave are also located in the same compound.
Located on Shwegondine Road, this colossal (70 metres long) Reclining Buddha is one of the largest images in Myanmar. The original image was built in 1907. But it has suffered damage due to climate over the years. In 1957 it was demolished and rebuilt to this structure in 1966.
Located at 66/74 Pyay Road, the National Museum exhibits the Lion Throne of the last Myanmar King, Royal Regalia of 19th century, artifacts of various ancient periods, musical instruments and paintings.
People’s Square and People’s Park occupy over 130 acres of land between Shwedagon Pagoda and Pyithu Hluttaw (Parliament). There is a Museum housing life-size models of ethnic groups in their colourful dress and flora and fauna. The restaurants serves Myanmar, Chinese and European Food.
Located near Kandawgyi Hotel, the zoo is noted for its collection of wild animals, flora and fauna which have been collected over the years since it was opened in 1906. On weekend and public holidays Snake Dance and Elephant Circus are performed for visitors.
The Hlawga Wildlife Park is about 45 minutes’ drive from the city. The park which covers 1650 acres of land, is home to over 70 kinds of herbivorous animals and 90 species of birds. Flocks of migratory birds frequently visit the park. It is an ideal place for picnickers, naturalists, botanists and bird – watchers. Visitors can also enjoy elephant rides, boating and fishing in the park.
The Mahasi Meditation Centre at 16, Thathana Yeiktha Road and the International Meditation Centre at 31 A, Inya Myaing Road have facilities for full-time meditation. Aspiring yogis from abroad should write to the centres for detailed information.
Located at Htaukkyant, about 32 km from Yangon on the road to Bago (Pegu), is a memorial cemetery of Allied Soldiers who died in Myanmar Campaign during the Second World War. The Cemetery’s beautifully kept ground has 27,000 stone-graves of Allied Soldiers.
Myanmar arts and crafts, mostly pure hand-made, are best souvenirs and prices are very reasonable. Lacquerware, wood and ivory carvings, tapestries, silverware, brassware, silk and cotton fabrics and shoulder bags are some of the favourite items. For jewellery, there are Myanmar rubies, sapphires, jade and pearls available at Myanmar Gems Shops.
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