Yangon

Shwedagon Pagoda

you are lucky enough to be planning a trip to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, then you are very lucky indeed. This is a country rich in culture, history, sacred sights, scenic wonders and personality. You will surely enjoy your travels to this region. No matter how many enjoyable people you meet, or how many lovely places you visit, though, your trip will not be complete until you view the Shwedagon Pagoda. Sitting high atop the sacred shrine of Singuttara Hill, housing relics of The Buddha and three Buddhas that preceded him, encased in gold and in jewels, the Shwedagon pagoda is a wonder to see. The beauty if the architecture and design will take your breath away, as will the sparkling, light catching jewels. This wondrous holy place, filled with history and legend, is not to be missed on your journey.

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Sule Pagoda

The Sule Pagoda is a Burmese stupa located in the heart of downtown Yangon, occupying the centre of the city and an important space in contemporary Burmese politics, ideology and geography. According to legend, it was built before the Shwe Dagon pagoda during the time of the Buddha, making it more than 2,500 years old. Burmese legend states that the site for the Shwe Dagon pagoda was asked to be revealed from an old nat who resided at the place where the Sule Pagoda now stands. The Sule Pagoda has been the focal point of both Yangon and Burmese politics. It has served as a rallying point in both the 1988 uprisings and 2007 Saffron Revolution.The Sule Pagoda incorporated the original Indian structure of the stupa, which initially was used to replicate the form and function of a relic mound. However, as Burmese culture became more independent of its South Indian influences, local architectural forms began to change the shape of the pagoda. It is believe to enshrine a hair of the Buddha that the Buddha himself is said to have given to the two Burmese merchant brothers, Tapissa and Balika. The dome structure, topped with a golden spire, extends into the skyline, marking the cityscape.

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Botahtaung Pagoda

The Botataung Pagoda is a famous pagoda located in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, near the Yangon river. The pagoda was first built by the Mon around the same time as was Shwedagon Pagoda—according to local belief, over 2500 years ago, and was known as Kyaik-de-att in Mon language. The pagoda is hollow within, and houses what is believed to be a sacred hair of Gautama Buddha. The Botataung Pagoda was completely destroyed during World War II, and was rebuilt after the war.

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Chauk Htat Gyi

The absolute location of the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda in Yangon is on the Shwe Gon Taing Road, in the Tamwe Township. There are other similar Pagodas in the same area, like the Ngar Htat Gyi Buddha. This pagoda is about the height of a five storey building and the Koe Htat Gyi Buddha is the highest, about nine storey high. The height of the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda in Yangon is about six storey. The Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda in Yangon is unique and the most popular one as it one of the pagodas where one will see Buddha not in his usual sitting posture, but at a reclining state. The Pagoda was first built in the year 1907 but was replaced in the year 1966. The statue was established by Sir Hpo Thar. It went through a series of damages due to the climatic conditions. Therefore it was one of the reasons, why the pagoda was demolished in 1957 and was rebuilt in the year 1966. The actual measurement of the pagoda is about 65 meters and inside it there is an iron structure with corrugated sheets of Iron forming the roof made of six layers. Generally the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda in Yangon is referred to as the six tiered pagodas. Another unique part of the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda in Yangon is that, the entire construction cost was borne by the people of the city. They all donated willingly for this noble cause. There is another image of the Reclining Buddha at Shwe Thar Hlyaung Pagoda in Bago, but this image is larger than that.

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Kabar Aye Pagoda

The name Kaba Aye in Myanmar means “world peace” to which this pagoda is dedicated. This pagoda was built in 1952 for the 1954-56 Sixth Buddhist Synod. The 34 metre (111 feet) high pagoda also measures 34 metres around its base. It stands about 11 km north of the city, a little beyond the Inya Lake Hotel. The Buddhist Art Museum and Maha Pasana Cave are also located in the same compound.

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Koe Htat Gyi

Koe Htat Gyi is located on Bargayar Road, Sanchaung Township, Yangon. The Koe Htat Kyi (or) the nine storey pagoda is another enormous Buddha Image in Yangon. It is a sitting Buddha Image. Koe Htat Kyi is also known as Atula Dipatti Maha Muni Thetkya Image. The image was built in August, 1905. It was built in the 14 acres compound of the Bargayar monastery. The image is a 72 feet sitting image. At the entrance of the hallway, there is a statue of a frog and a snake. A legend says that the frog ate the snake meaning victory and the image was built on this land. The Koe-Htat-Kyi (or) the nine storey pagoda, is situated on the Bargayar Road, Sanchaung Township. The pagoda houses a 20-meter-high image of a seated Buddha. The iron structure with CGI sheet roof was built in 1905. The pavilion has a nine-tiered roof and hence it is generally referred to as the nine-tiered pagoda. In the past it was a wooded recluse for monks, quiet and peaceful. There are many monasteries, devotional halls and an ordination hall in the compound. You can walk around the image, and will see Buddha images at each corner. At the other side of the image, there a status describing the lives of Buddha.

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Kyaikkalo Kyaikkalei

The Kyaikkalo and the Kyaikkalei are the two ancient Pagodas standing on the left side of the highway running from Yangon to Bago,. The pagodas are located in Mingaladon township, Yangon. Their names are with the Mon accent, where Kyaik means pagoda. The pagodas are only a short distance away from the highway and can be seen quite clearly. Among the two pagodas, Kyaikkalo is a much larger and more prominent pagoda, which overlooks the surrounding terrain. The two pagodas are landmarks to travelers going out and coming into Yangon.

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Maelamu Pagoda

A wonderland of spired pagodas and sculptured figures located in North Okkalapa, a satellite town about 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Mai-Lamu Pagoda is famous for the giant images depicting Buddha’s earlier lives.

 

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Maha Wizaya Pagoda

The Maha Wizaya Pagoda was built on the Dhammarakkhita (Guardian of the Law) Hill which faces the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, in 1980 to commemorate the first successful convening of all sects of the Buddhist monastic order, under one supervisory body. It was built from funds donated by the people across the whole country. An image of the Buddha which was a royal gift from the King and Queen of Nepal is enshrined within the pagoda. All manner of traditional decorative art executed by modern artists and artisans grace this shrine and testify to the preservation of a national culture developed through the ages.

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Ngar Htat Gyi

Just across the Chaukhtatgyi Paya is the Ngahtatgyi Paya. They have confusingly similar names but it is worth noting that Ngahtatgyi Paya means Five Storey Buddha, while the Chaukhtatgyi Paya means Six Storey Buddha. The main pagoda is quite a bit of a walk into the monastery complex. It wasn’t really as impressive as the Chaukhtatgyi Paya, although there was also a large Buddha housed in it. After all what would a Buddhist temple be in Myanmar without a large statue of Buddha.

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National Museum

Located on Pyay Road, the National Museum has five floors of exhibits. It displays the lion Throne, the Elephant Throne, the Royal Regalia, manuscripts, paintings, etc.The National Museum exhibits the Lion Throne of King Thibaw, the last Myanmar King, Royal Regalia of l9th century, artifacts of various ancient periods, musical instruments and paintings. It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 15:00 p.m. except Saturday and Sunday.

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Bogyoke Market

Bogyoke Aung San Market is a well-known market where you will find everything you want to buy from local to foreign goods in one single place. Any visitors visiting Yangon should make it a must, on their itinerary alike. Situated in the center of Yangon city, Bogyoke Aung San Market was built in 1926, and inaugurated by the Mayor of Yangon, Mr.Jar Vin Scott. Thus, the market was also given the name, Scott market in honour of the Mayor and after independence; it was formally changed to Bogyoke Aung San Market. This market building is included in the list of 189 historical buildings in Yangon. Tourists can buy precious stones, paintings, traditional costumes here in one single place. You can buy Jade flower pots. You can also buy water and oil paintings. You will also find beautifully sculptured Myanmar handicrafts, you can decorate in your home and garden at the shops which specializes in Myanmar handicrafts. Tourists are always fascinated by Myanmar gold and silver embroideries, and won’t hesitate to buy them to take home as souvenirs or gifts for friends.

Modern handbags of all sorts and colours are abound and is a big attraction for the female buyers. Embroidered bags and others, made from thin bamboo strips, bamboo, cane and hyacinth are attracting buyers, young and old alike and also tourists, who find them quite attractive, modern and convenient to carry around.

Nowadays, it has become the craze for tourists to buy modern Myanmar design clothing, traditional ethnic dresses, and the lovely cheik patterned Myanmar longyi made from cotton and silk which also attracts many buyers with their traditional and modern designs.

So, why don’t you visit this unique market where you will be able to buy all the things you wish to buy in one single place so that you can take back home as gifts and souvenirs while you are in Myanmar.

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Bogyoke Museum

Just east of the soaring Shwedagon pagoda, the crown jewel of sightseeing in the capital, sits the Bogyoke Aung San Museum. Bogyoke Aung San Museum is located on No.15, Bogyoke Museum Lane, Bahan Township, Yangon. The museum displays an English-language newspaper article describing the country’s first silent film and show furniture, dresses, books, the car used by Bogyoke Aung San, and his family photos. Photos of what seems like every winner of the country’s equivalent of the Oscar clutching their gold statuettes. Spooky, life-size cutouts of movie characters lurk behind models of film sets. Film cut are shown on old TV sets. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Entrance Fee – US$2.

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Gems Museum

In the gems museum, you will find ruby, jade, pearl and the jewelry counters. The jeweler shops are located on the first floor and second floor, while the museum is on the third floor. Twice a year, in March and October, the gems fair and auction are held here attracts many jewel dealers from all over the world. It’s found what are supposed to be the world’s largest pearl, shining nuggets of star sapphires, luscious golden pearls, rare sparkling pigeon’s blood rubies and a variety of assorted colored stones, slabs of precious jade that come in various sizes and shades, pearls in lots or embedded in exquisite jeweler, gold ware, silverware and jade figurines. Myanmar Gems Museum is located on Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Mayangone Township, Yangon.

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Kandawgyi Garden

The Kandawgyi Park was created during colonial times as a reservoir to provide drinking water its citizens. Now, 8 recreations of parks around the lake and the Karaweik Palace Hotel is grandly situated on it.Inya Lake bund and its beautiful park are one of the most beautiful scenic spots in Yangon. The bund is filled with people walking and exercising to breathe fresh air.we will take you on a visit to the Kandawgyi Gardens. The Myanmar word, “Kandawgyi” means “Royal Lake”. This magnificent Garden of the capital of Yangon is situated in Bahan Township by the all Bahan, Kanyeikthar, and Natmauk and U Tun Myat roads, all pass by the Kandawgyi Gardens. The area of the Garden is 110 acres, water areas is 150 acres, which makes it a total of 260 acres. You will find green plantation of vegetables, exceptional natural designed waterfalls, and neat and tidy built huts for the visitors, which will make their stay in the garden peaceful and refreshing. You can also find a variety of beautiful flowers, the natural scene of the lake water and large shady trees, which will give you, shade from the hot burning midday sun. There is also an orchid garden, which has a variety of colorful orchids of all kinds from around the world for the orchid lovers. You’ll also find shops selling orchid sapling and various kinds of flowers and plants there.And you’ll also see the people of all ages, enjoying th0e sunset. There are stage-shows to entertain you, which will make you happy and your mind refreshed. This is the Grand Karaweik place, which is eliminated with colorful electric light. On the natural blue water of the lake, there are many restaurants near the Karaweik where you can have the best foods, enjoy the cool breeze from the lake. You’ll be so interested in the souvenir shop where you can buy Myanmar handicrafts as a return home gift. That’s why wish to invite you to come and visit Kandawgyi Garden.

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Karaweik Hall

Karaweik Hall is located in the Kandawgyi Royal Lake, on the Kandawgyi Kan Pat Road. It is situated in the Kandawgyi Nature Park. Karaweik Hall is a landmark of Yangon, locating in Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake. This modern architecture of a mythical creature Karaweik, has 3 floors and ceremonies are held in it. This whole building was gilded with gold about 20 years ago. The Karaweik Hall, including the ancient traditional Karaweik renovated in tasteful style, its beauty enhanced by the Kandawgyi which adds grandeur of Yangon, the Garden City, with added attractions such as showrooms of ten traditional arts, shops, amusement section for children and ample parking space. Karaweik Palace will serve lunch and dinner with Myanmar, Chinese and Eastern and western cuisine at moderate prices, in the ornate halls, accompanied by a variety of traditional entertainment. On the Kandawgyi Beltway, it is conveniently located for diplomatic functions and business meets. The cozy Lawkanat and Shwewa Rooms will serve private and limated groups while the large Ottara and Dekhina Halls are designed for gala occasions. Karaweik Palace will cater for weddings and other receptions, social and business events for all occasions guaranteeing efficiency and satisfaction.

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National Races Village

National Race Park is situated on the left side of Yangon-Thanlyin bridge. It was established by the national race park established by Ministry of Progress of Border Areas and National Races and Development Affairs. If you visit the park, you will not only enjoy fresh breeze blowing across Bago River but also get the sense of Union spirit from the villages of our national brethren Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Bamar, Mon, Rakhine and Shan.You can see buildings with significant symbol denoting various national races residing in the country. One of these traditional house, Bamar traditional house, There are many rooms composed in Bamar traditional house. Firstly, you will get to the living room at the entrance of the house. There, Bamar traditional choice of food and drink betel box, pickled tea leaves, cheroot cigar and green tea pot are always served. Traditional musical instruments harp, xylophone, etc are in the living room. The kitchen is in separate part of the house. Household utensils are placed in the kitchen. Appear is under the house where the traditional cloths are weaved. There are well, granary and bullock cart in the courtyard. When you get to a traditional house, you can observe the customs ways of living, handicrafts and style of dress.

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People’s Park & Square

The People’s Square and Park is one of the major parks surrounding the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. Located west of the great pagoda to the former Pyithu Hluttaw (People’s Parliament) complex, the 135.72-acre (54.92-hectare) park is bounded by Pyay Road to its west, U Wisara Road to its east, Dhammazedi Road to its north and Ahlone Road to its south. The area had been part of the palace grounds of Queen Shin Sawbu and later a golf course for some years during the colonial days. A little over half of the complex is the 70.3-acre People’s Square. A flower- and tree-lined marble esplanade starting from Pyithu Hluttaw towards the Shwedagon Pagoda is the center piece of the square. Over a thousand trees and plants from 52 species make up the square. Pyidaungsu Ayeyeik Nyein occupies a corner of the Square and holds a permanent exhibition of dioramas of various Burmese ethnic groups, specimens of valuable timber and gemstones from various parts of the country. People’s Park occupies 65.42 acres adjacent to the square in the north. Over 3,000 plants including 72 species of trees, 12 species of bamboo and 50 species of shrubs and climbers indigenous to various parts of the country are planted in this park. botanical maze, flower displays, fruit trees and medicinal herbs account for an additional 17,000 flowering plants.

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War Memorial Cemetry

Located at Htaukkyant, about 32 km from Yangon on the road to Bago. It is a memorial cemetery of Allied soldiers who died in the Myanmar Campaign during the Second World War. The cemetery’s beautifully kept grounds has 27,000 stone-graves of Commonwealth and Allied soldiers.

 

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Yangon Zoological Garden

Yangon Zoological Garden has been inaugurated since 1906. Nowadays, it has an area of 69.25 acres. It is a World class zoo where one may observe a collection of animals’ habitat to Myanmar as well as the World over. There are 59 species of animals, 63 species of birds, 17 species of reptiles on the fauna side. On the flora side, there are over 15,000 trees and plants.

 

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