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    (Literally meaning End-of -Strife) is the economic city of Myanmar as well as the gateway to Myanmar. It lies 34 kms upriver from the Gulf of Mottama (Mataban). It is a gracious once-colonial city, laid out in a conventional "colonial grid" pattern resembling a chessboard, planned by the British city planners.
    Yangon is proud of the towering gold-crusted Shwedagon Pagoda, which is best known for its grandeur and awe-inspiring greatness. Described by Rudyard Kipling as "a beautiful, winking wonder," Shwedagon Pagoda is the one of the most magnificent monuments on earth. It is said to have been built over 2,500 years ago and Four Relics of the FOUR BUDDHAS are enshrined in it. The Pagoda is covered with 60 tons of pure gold and Its Umbrella or Tip is set with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Other places of interest are the Sule Pagoda, the Kaba aye (World Peace) Pagoda, Chauk-Htat-gyi Pagoda, National Museum and Colonial Buildings.
    Many old colonial style buildings are still standing in YANGON, many of which are now occupied by government offices. The City Hall is one of the grandest, an impressive stone structure with classical colonial style and integrated with a Myanmar touch. The Supreme Court, High Court, General Post Office, Strand Hotel, Port Authority Building, Custom House and Railway Administrative Building are also magnificent remembrances of the bygone era.


    Shwedagon Pagoda

    It is said to have been built nearly 2600 years. It is built on a small hill and said to be enshrined of eight hairs of the last Buddha and other relic of three preceding Buddha. Described by Rudyard Kipling as " a beautiful, winking wonder", Shwedagon is a must to go and marvel the golden dome glittering with lights as the sunset.

    Botahtaung Pagoda

    Located on the Yangon river front, Botataung Pagoda is said to house a hair and two other relics of the Buddha. The glasshouse inside the Pagoda displays many of the ancient relics and artifacts which were originally enshrined inside the stupa.

    Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha

    It is a home to a 17.6 meter high and 65.8 meter long reclining Buddha, which is larger than the one in Bago. There are some astrologers on its southern stair side plus some woodcarving stalls.

    Sule Pagoda

    When Yangon was first built it is said that Sule was laid out at the middle in a conventional "colonial grid" pattern city. It is an octagonal-shaped Pagoda towering above 48 meters. Being in a city centre Sule is a refuge of all passer-bys.

    Kandawgyi Lake

    Locate north of downtown Yangon is the Kandawgyi Royal Lake. It is a pleasant place to walk about and you can find many local restaurants including luxurious Kandawgyi Palace hotel. Dinning at the floating Karaweik restaurant while enjoying traditional Myanmar dance is one of Yangon's most memorable experience.

    Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market

    It is probably the most famous market of Yangon where you can find varieties of products, be they local or foreign. Many a travelers love to go there to buy souvenirs like traditional Sarong, Shan shoulder-bag or precious and famous Myanmar gem. Generally, the prices may be a slightly high there as it is known as the market of the cream of society. Nevertheless you shouldn't miss to go and hunt for your souvenirs there.

    National Museum

    Probably the biggest museum of its kinds and well worth a visit. It houses the royal regalia of the former Myanmar Kings including 8.1 meter high Golden Lion Throne. Plus there are other numerous exhibits such as the national races and Myanmar arts and crafts. It is open from 10 am to 3 pm daily except on Monday.

    Around Yangon
    Than Lyin

    Thanlyin was the ancient capital of the Mon Kings. In olden days, it was a principal seaport and was once occupied by the Portuguese colonialists. There is a tomb supposed to house the remains of the Portuguese colonialist Philip De Brito in the compound of present day oil refinery. Thanlyin is situated on the southern bank of Bago River opposite Yangon. Kyaik Khauk Pagoda here is a popular place of pilgrimage. Kyauk-tan, about 16 kms south of Thanlyin, is famous for Kyaik-hmaw-wun Mid-stream Pagoda.


    Kyauk-tan, about about one-hour-drive from south of Yangon, is famous for Kyaik-hmaw-wun Mid-stream Pagoda ( a Pagoda located on a tiny island in the mid-river). Perhaps the short ride of Sampan ( a small powered-boat) may give you rather amusement.


    Twante is famous for its Shwe Sandaw Pagoda and pottery. Exploring the town by charter-trishaw is definitely give you new experience and amusement. 1 or 2 km further south of local market is the pottery workshop where you can observe their traditional way of process. Crossing the river by ferry and proceed by public bus take approx one and a half hour. Another version is to take the ship all the way to Twante approx three and a half hours journey.


    Bago was the ancient capital of Mon kings and also the capital of second Myanmar Empire founded by King Bayin Naung . It is said that during his reign, Myanmar Kingdom encompassed the areas of what is now CHAING MAI and parts of northern THAILAND and LAOS. It is located at only 80 km, in the north from Yangon. The interesting sites are the Shwe-maw-daw Pagoda (Its spire is even taller than the Great Shwedagon Pagoda), Shwe-tha-lyaung (Great Reclining Image of Buddha), Kalyani Thein (Ancient Ordination Hall for monk hood), the four gigantic Buddha images of Kyaik-pun Pagoda, and the Reconstructed Kamboza-thadi Palace of King Bayin Naung.

    Shwe Thar-Lyaung Reclining Buddha

    It is one of the most famous and beautiful Buddha images of its kinds in Myanmar. It was built in 994 AD by a certain Mon King. Unfortunately it was sunk in oblivion and became lost in the forest until 1880 when a British officer from railway department rediscovered it.

    Shwe Mawdaw Pagoda

    It is a gold gilded Pagoda dating back at least 1000 years old. It can be ranked with Shwedagon of YANGON and Shwe Sandaw of PYAY (formerly Prome). It is 114 meter high and its spire is even taller than the great Shwedagon Pagoda. It is said to be enshrined a holy hair of Buddha. The upper part of the damaged suffered by heavy earthquake in 1936 can still be seen in northeast corner of the Pagoda.

    Kyaik-Pun Pagoda

    It is close to Bago on Yangon-Mandalay highway road. These 30 meters high Buddhas are seated back to back facing to four cardinal points. You shouldn't miss to drop in while you are in Bago.


    Located on a small hill, this beautiful Temple is about 500 meter far from Shwe Mawdaw. Due to its high position Hinthar-Gone is the site to enjoy the panoramic view of the town.


    KYAIKHTIYO PAGODA, known as "Golden Rock," perches on the edge of a cliff at the top of Kyaikhto mountains range, part of the Eastern YOMA. This magnificent "Golden Rock" is the most meditative and popular tourist attraction in Mon State. A small Stupa rests on top of a big boulder covered in gold leaf, which balances on the cliff thanks to a Sacred Hair of the Buddha enshrined or preserved inside the Stupa.
    KYAIKHTIYO is 160 km from YANGON and is an important place of pilgrimage for all Buddhists. It can be reached either by car or by train. There is a well-beaten path up to the top of the mountain from the base-camp called KINPUN. Devotees usually climb uphill about 13 km on foot from the base-camp. However, a motor road has been built recently up to the next camp called YATHETAUNG (about 45-minute drive), from where it takes another 45-minute to walk up. All the tiredness along the way disappears once one reaches the top since a spectacular view waits there, especially at sunrise or sunset. On a clear day one can see the ANDAMAN SEA glistening in the distance.