The former capital of Myanmar (Burma), Yangon (Rangoon), “End of strife”, is the main gateway to Myanmar. Yangon has green tropical trees and shrubs, sketchy parks and beautiful lakes, earning it the moniker ‘Garden City’. Yangon is famous for the world-renowned, magnificent, gold-encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda. This charming landmark appears in the distance before the eyes of travelers approaching the city. It is the most venerated place of worship for Buddhists all over the world. There are many other magnificent Pagodas also can be found in Yangon. You can take day trips from Yangon to Bago, a historical satta city of the 15th Century; to Thanlyin, a 17th Century capital; and to the Portuguese Cemetery & Yele Pagoda on a small island at Kyauktan. Visitors can also reach Twante by taking a boat ride along the Yangon river.
Twante is renowned as the historic center of pottery in Myanmar and the industry still operates there today. Town center Yangon also has some amazing British colonial industrial treasures, well worth visiting. The famous Chinatown region, again in town center Yangon is a magnets for tourists, coming alive especially in the early evenings.
The Sule Pagoda is beautifully placed in the centre of the city of Yangon. At 157 feet high, it remains the tallest building in the town center area. It was built about 2200 years ago. It can be called an oasis of peace in the heart of the busy modern Yangon.
The Maha Pasana Guha (Great Cave). It was specially developed to support the sixth Buddhist Great Synod. It is supposed to appear to be India’s Satta Panni Cavern where the First Buddhist Synod happened soon there after the Buddha’s death. It is 455 feet long and 370 feet broad and possesses an assembly corridor which can contain up to 10000 people. This unnaturally built cavern lies in the vicinity of Kaba Aye.
Chauk Htat Kyee Reclining Buddha Image. A reclining Buddha, Chaukhtatkyee Pagoda was built in 1907 but it suffered damage due to the climate over the years and at 72 michael is almost as large as Bago’s reclining Shwethalyaung. It is housed under a metal-roofed shelter on Shwegondaing Lan in Yangon.
The Nga Htat Kyee Pagoda. This Buddha image is the second largest sitting buddha image in Yangon. It is located at the most ancient buddhist place, very towards the Chauk Htat Kyee reclining buddha image.
The Mahawizaya Pagoda can be found about 500 metres away from Shwedagon Pagoda, at the corner of Shwedagon Pagoda Road and Oo Htaung Bo Street, Maha Wizaya Zedi was built on the mountain of DamaraKhita. The surface area is 11. 099 miles. It was founded on 25 Come early july, 1980. Its total height is 134 legs and is built on the base of 165E8E. It is not a solid structure but it has a worthless (cave pagoda) of 60ft diameter and 46ft height.
Maelamu Pagoda is to be found in North Okkalapa, a suburb of Yangon. Mae La Mu means a female born from the fruit of La Mu tree. According to legend, she was mom of king Okkalapa founder of Yangon.
The Bogyoke Market (Scott Market) is the second-most visited destination in Yangon by foreign tourists. Over 2000 shops sell numerous items; bags, tapestries, rattan, herbal supplements, traditional costumes of ethnic tribes and older binoculars. Virtually any item can be found somewhere in the market. It is a treasure trove for handmade crafts. One of the best buys is the original works of Myanmar artists. Internationally renowned Myanmar rubies and quality sapphires are among the most popular items available at the market. If you want or require a specific product, probably, it can be purchased at the Bogyoke Market.
The Kyaik Khauk Pagoda (Thanlyin) can be found on the main hillock of Thanlyin. The stupa is enshrined with a Buddha’s hair relic. Over 900 years ago, Friday Kings put up this stupa. In the pagoda, there are tombs of two famous Myanmar poets of the 15th century (Natshinnaung and Dartukalyar).
Bago is a city 50 miles from Yangon, taking about to hours to reach by car. On the way you can visit the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Friday State.
The 100 year old Shwe Tha Lyaung Buddha image is the second largest reclining Buddha in Myanmar. It is 74m long, 21 years of age michael high and can be seen at the edge of town.
The Shwemawdaw Pagoda, in Bago, stands at a height of 114m. It is the most famous great pagoda in Myanmar. Built over 1000 years ago by the Mons, it was originally 12 michael high and enshrined 2 fur of the Buddha. Over the years, the pagoda was rebuilt to increase its size. It continued to be built and rebuilt until, finally, after devastation by an earthquake, Shwemawdaw was developed to its present height in 1954. The pagoda is secured by lions with Buddha figurines in their mouths.
The Shwemokhtaw Pagoda can be found in Pathein, a city some 120 miles western side of Yangon. This pagoda was built over two thousand years ago. Over this time, it has passed through three famous Eras under three different titles. In the first Era, it was that the emperor more well regarded as Siridammasoka of Pataliputta in The indian subcontinent was the first builder of this historic shrine in the year 289 B. E, naming it as “Shweana. The year 457 B. E(new era after methodical elimination) represented the second Era, when Aloungsithu a well-known traveler and King of the Bagan dynasty, the reigning monarch of Paukkanrama (ancient name for present Bagan town on the middle Ayeyarwaddy, which is famous all over the world for its pagodas and shrines). This King raised and become bigger this magnificent stupa renaming it as “Htupayon Samodda Gosa and Ommadanti, the then rulers of Pathein with its 30 one figurines, famous themselves as the lording it over contributor of the Third Era, who made significant improvements to the shrine changing the name Htupayon to “Shwe Mokhtawae” which is the name it has today.
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