Yangon (or Rangoon) is the capital city of Buddhist
temples, open-air markets, food stalls and run down colonial
architecture. Its population is more than two millions. Most of the
city was constructed 100 years ago, and even though it endured
damage during World War II, some examples of a more
ancient culture remain intact and these include;
golden Shwedragon Pagoda, among the most amazing Buddhist
shrines in Asia and reputedly 2,500 years old (though reconstructed in
Sule Pagoda, also more than 2,000 years old.
Botataung Pagoda, hollow with a mirrored maze.
Maha Pasan Guha (Great Cave).
Outside Yangon, places worth a visit are;
Naga-Yone enclosure adjacent to Myinkaba, contains a Buddha
figure entwined and protected by a very large cobra – a mix
of Buddhism and Brahman astrology.
Tyo and its ‘Golden Rock Pagoda’, a 5.5 metre (18feet)
shrine erected on a gold-plated boulder on top of a cliff.
in 1573, known for its golden Shwemawdaw Pagoda and
The Shwethalyaung Buddha is located northeast of Pegu, known
as 1 of the most lifelike and beautiful of reclining Buddhas,
which was lost and
jungle following the destruction
of Pegu in 1757. It was rediscovered in the British era, during
construction of the railway.