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Yangon

Yangon

Yangon is the gateway to Myanmar and the nation’s capital. The many shady parks and beautiful lakes have earned it a reputation as the garden city of the East’. Its unmistakably colonial style buildings, open markets and wide tree lined avenues endow it with a strange mix of old world charm and modern vitality. Yangon is a home to the huge reclining Buddha (Chauk Htat Kyi), Royal Lake and Shwedagon Pagoda, the most beautiful pagoda in Asia.

Shwedagon Pagoda

The Majestic Shwedagon Pagoda towers above the Yangon Landscape with serenity so unique that it is often considered as one of the wonders of the world. According to legend , this glistening gold covered pagoda was built over two and a half thousand years ago as a place of Buddhist worship.

Chauk Htutkyi Buddha Image

The Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is famous for its huge image of Reclining Buddha, built in 1966 replacing the old image built in 1907 by Sir Hpo Thar. But it was suffered damage due to climate over the years. In 1957 it was demolished and rebuilt to this structure in 1966. It measures 65 meters and is housed in an iron structure with corrugated iron sheets roof of six layers.

 

 

Sule Pagoda and Downtown Area

Sule Pagoda is located in the center of Yangon, at the junction of Sule Pagoda Road and Mahabandoola Road, Kyauktada Township, Yangon, Myanmar. This 48 meter (152 feet) high golden dome was used by the British as the nucleus of their grid pattern for the city when it was rebuilt in the 1880s. The pagoda's peculiarity is its octagonal- shaped pagoda, which retains its shape as it tapers to the spire.

 

 

Twante

A small town on the Twante canal is two hours away by boat from Yangon. Twante is a Centre for pottery.

 

 

 

 

Thanlyin

Thanlyin is situated at the confluence of the Yangon and Pegu Rivers; to be exact, on the southern bank of the Pegu River. To the south of Thanlyin is a ridge named Utaringa Kon in history but locally known as Shin Mwe Nun Kon. It is on this ridge that Kyaik Khauk Pagoda stands.

The colonial town of Syriam was built by the British for it's port and petroleum refinery plant. It is also a sub-urban town right a few miles away from Yangon, across 1.5 mile-long bridge.