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Yangon Sightseeing
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Only quite a few renowned pagodas are found in Yangon. The most spectacular one is the Shwedagon Pagoda. The Sule Pagoda, Kaba Aye Pagoda, and Botataung Pagoda are also worth visiting. Additional places worth visiting include Wildlife Park in Hlawga, Zoological Garden, National Museum and the Peoples' Park on Pyay Road.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Soaring almost 100 metres over the lush green scenery of Yangon, the Shwedagon Pagoda is the outstanding landmark which can be seen from miles around. Estimated to be constructed about 2,500 years ago, the Shwedagon is one of the wonders of the world. It is the essence of Myanmar and a truly amazing place. The grand golden dome is 98 metres or 326 feet high above its base.

The legend of the Shwedagon tells the tale of when 2 merchant brothers met with the Buddha who gave them 8 strands of his hair to be enshrined in Shwedagon. With the assistance of many heavenly beings, the brothers and the king of this region (Myanmar) discovered the hill where the relics of the preceding Buddhas were enshrined. When the strands of the Buddha's hair were securely enshrined with the relics of the previous Buddhas, a slab of gold was laid on the relics chamber and a golden pagoda constructed on it. A silver pagoda was built over this, then a tin pagoda, copper pagoda, a lead pagoda, a marble pagoda and lastly an iron brick pagoda. Pagodas, and all Buddhist structures, should respectably be walked around clockwise.

Sule Pagoda

Located in the heart of Yangon, next to the Myanmar Travel and Tours office, the Sule Pagoda is a superb landmark which is believed to be more than 2,000 years old. The pagoda is thought to enshrine a hair of the Buddha: its Mon name, Kyaik Athok means 'the pagoda where a Sacred Hair Relic is enshrined'. The golden pagoda is unusual because its octagonal shape extends right up to the bell and inverted bowl. It is 46 metres or 152 feet high and is encircled by small stalls, shops and all the usual non-religious services such as of astrologists, palmists, and so on.

Botahtaung Pagoda

Bo translates as 'leader' while tahtaung translates as 'a thousand'. The Botataung Pagoda was named for the 1,000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha delivered from India more than 2,000 years ago. The Botataung has an empty space inside which is possible to walk through it. It is a kind of mirrored maze inside the pagoda with glass showcases housing many of the ancient artifacts and relics, which were sealed inside the earlier pagoda. Above this intriguing interior, the golden pagoda spire extends to 40 metres or 132 feet.

Kaba Aye Pagoda

Kaba Aye in Myanmar translates as 'world peace' to which this pagoda is devoted. This pagoda was constructed in 1952 for the 1954-56 Sixth Buddhist Synod. The 34 metre (111 feet) high pagoda also measures 34 metres around its base. It is located approximately 11 kilometres north of the city, a little past the Inya Lake Hotel. The Buddhist Art Museum and Maha Pasana Cave are also situated in the same compound.

Mahana Guha

The great cave is an entirely factitious cave, constructed near the Kaba Aye Pagoda. This is where the Sixth Buddhist Synod took place to coincide with the 2,500th anniversary of the Buddha's enlightenment. Those who participated at the Synod recited, edited and approved the entire Buddhist scriptures known as the Tipitaka. The cavern measures 139 by 113 metres or 455 by 370 feet.

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda

The reclining Buddha image located here is among the largest images in the country. The first original image was constructed in 1907, but it has suffered damage from the climate over the years. In 1957 it was completely destroyed and it was reconstructed in 1966. The pagoda is located on Shwegondine Rd, just a few minutes stroll away beyond the Shwedagon Pagoda. If you don't have time to visit Bago to see the Shwethalyaung, then don't miss this enormous image.

Mai-Lamu Pagoda

A wonderland of spired pagodas and sculptured figures situated in North Okkalapa, a satellite town approximately 20 minutes drive from the heart of Yangon. Mai-Lamu Pagoda is well known for the huge images depicting Buddha's earlier lives.

Mahavijaya Pagoda

The symbolic memorial of the First Successful Congregation of the Sangha of All Orders held in 1980, this charming Mahavijaya Pagoda is an outstanding mix of modern styles and traditional patterns. The sanctuary houses the finely wrought Buddha image and the reliquary given by the King and Queen of Nepal.

National Museum

Situated at 26 Pansodan Street, the National Museum houses the Lion Throne of King Thibaw, the last Myanmar King, Royal Regalia of the 19th century, various ancient periods artifacts, paintings and musical instruments.

Opening hours are from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm except Saturday and Sunday.
Entrance Fee: US $4

Zoological Garden

Near the Kandawgyi Hotel, the Zoo is well known for its wide selection of wild animals, flora and fauna which were collected over the years since it first opened in 1906. Snake Dance and Elephant Circus are performed for travellers on weekends and public holidays.

Open daily from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm.
Entrance Fee: Kyat 4

People's Square and People's Park

This Park is sited within more than 130 acres of land between Shwedagon Pagoda and Pyithu Hluttaw (Parliament). There is a Museum displaying life-size models of nationalities wearing their colourful dress, flora and fauna. The restaurant offers Myanmar, Chinese and European cuisine.

Open from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm.
Entrance Fee US $3
Camera Fee: US $3
Video Camera Fee: US $6

Bogyoke Aung San Park

This stunning park with beautiful views of Kandawgyi Lake is situated on Natmauk Road. It is a popular recreation sight where people from the city chill out and enjoy their relaxed time in tranquil atmosphere. The favourite spots for young kids and teenagers are the playgrounds and picnic areas.

Martyrs' Mausoleum

Near the Shwedagon and on a hillside with nice views of the city, stands this memorial honoring Bogyoke AungSan and his fellow cabinet members who were assassinated with him.