Yangon & its Environs
Yangon the cosmopolitan capital city of Myanmar and
international gate way to Myanmar. It is known as the garden city of
Myanmar, still maintains it's colonial charm with side tree lined avenues,
tranquil lakes and gracious turn of the century architecture.
Shwedagon pagoda is one of the ancient wonders of the
world, a 98 meters high golden stupa rises majestically over the city like
a beacon of glory. It was built 2500 years ago the Shwedagon was enshrined
with hair relics of the Buddha. The glory of the Shwedagon is however not
in it's material wealth but rather in the one hundred pavilions and
shrines of traditional architectures clustered on it's platform and the
reverence of the devotees.
Chauk-htat-kyi Pagoda - a colossal reclining pagoda
nearby as large as the One in Bago.
Botataung Pagoda- a unique pagoda that is hollow and
through which you can walk and many ancient artifacts and relices.
National Museum- exhibits include the lion throne of
the last Burmese King Thi Baw; the Mandalay Regalia, a collection of
gem-studded swords, jewelry, bowls and many other culture exhibits.
Nanthida Jetty- where you can watch the busy life on
the Yangon river.
Aung San Market- known as Scott Market is a sprawling
70 years old complex noted for it's variety of handicrafts and other
items-an excellent place for a shopping space.
Kandawgyi as it known is a Royal Lake. Up grading and
renovation as city of Garden Park. One side are the restaurant known as
Karaweik Palace housed on a barge depicting the mythical bird, the
Moving down the heart of the city and the down town
area, one come across the Sule Pagoda. Near Sule Pagoda is Yangon City
Hall and Independence Monument.
Taking a stall through China Town depicts a way of life
Towards the northern of the city, is the Inya lake. On
it's southern shores lies one of the compasses of the Yangon University.
The Sailing Club is also found at this lake.
Kaba Aye Pagoda is a little further from the Inya Lake.
Known as "The World Peace Pagoda". Some interesting places in the Kaba Aye
Pagoda compound is that of Maha Pasana Guh, located a little far to the
west of Kaba Aye Pagoda precinct.
Gem Museum which also houses numerous jewelry shops and
the museum host gem auction reveal times a year.
Myanmar is famous for it's Jade, rubies and sapphires, natural pearls as
well as many other precious and semi precious stones.
Marble Image's; in Yangon the biggest marble images was
enshrined only a couple of years on Min Dhama Hill. The marble, 37 ft high
and 24ft wide by 12 ft thick was the biggest found for. The formal title
of the image is the Lawka Chantha Abhaya Lahba Muni Image, the Great Image
to Protect the World from Strife and bring it Joy and Prosperity.
Located only 80km from Yangon, Bago was an ancient
capital of Mon Kingdom in 15th century. Shew-tha-lyaung Reclining
Buddha (55 Meters long), Shwe-maw-daw Pagoda, Kalyani Sima (Ordination
Hall), 28 metre high huge Buddha Image of Kyaikpun Pagoda and the
Palace of King Bayinnaung are some of the places of interest.
Once a trading port occupied by the Portuguese in
early 17th century, Thanlyin and its surrounding offer many
attractions. The old buildings still stand in evidence of the days of
Portuguese occupation. The 1822 meter long bridge spanning the Bago
River made possible the 45 minutes' drive from Yangon. Kyaik-Kyauk
Pagoda and Kyauktan Pagoda in the creek are worth visiting.
It is a small town noted for its pottery and
cotton-weaving, and for and old Mon Pagoda complex. It is an
interesting day trip from Yangon. Which is situated on the Twante
Canal. It was provide a glimpse of life on and along the famous
canal, which was dug during the colonial era as a short cut across
the Ayeyarwaddy river.