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Yangon (Rangoon)

Yangon, the capital city, is the main gateway to Myanmar. Evergreen and cool with lush tropical trees, shady parks and beautiful lakes, Yangon has earned the name of "The Garden City of the East". Yangon was founded by King Alaungpaya on the site of a small settlement called Dagon when he conquered Lower Myanmar in 1755. The name Yangon means "End of Strife" which was anglicised as Rangon by the British. The present day Yangon covers 400 sq km and has a population of over 4 million.


About Sightseeing Places in Myanmar

World Famous Shwedagon Pagoda

The main attraction of sightseeing in Yangon is world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, circling with many satellite Pagodas and ancient Pandals. Today the Pagoda itself is 326ft high, studded with 8688 solid Gold plates and each plate is of 1sq ft wide. Thousands of diamonds and precious colorful jewels are decorated on top of the Bud. 

It is said to be believed that the Pagoda is built about 2500 years ago. But the recorded historical facts is written on a big broken stone slabs which was dug out from the ground at 12ft near the Pagoda by professor of Pali Language Dr Forhenmer in 1880 AD. On the slab is dated back to 1485 AD and is written by the Mon king Dhamazedi in two languages, Myanmar and Mon

Whoever visited to this famous Pagoda has never been forgotten forever. Many small traditional shops with various kinds of crafts and arts works can be seen along the stairway up to the solemn shrine.

Whoever stroll around the Golden shrine on the platform, feels the sacred Peaceful atmosphere of quietness, is so wonderful that will never be forgotten to all the visitors.

Once the British Governor of Burma wrote in his book, Its' beauty and serenity delights the eye. May I hope that its peaceful atmosphere is maintained to the fullness of time. The memory of this day will be forever in my mind. This is my last message to Burma.

Hubert Elvin Rance. (Governor of Burma)


Sule Pagoda

Situated in the heart of downtown, Yangon and it had said to be built over two thousand years ago. This Pagoda is also enshrined with Buddha's hair relic.


Botataung Pagoda

Situated on the bank of Yangon River in Yangon. One thousand army leaders, who guarded the Buddha's hair relics brought by the King Okkalapa about two thousand years ago, are earned the name of Botataung Pagoda.The Pagoda was also enshrined with Buddha's hair relic.
 

Kaba Aye Pagoda and Mahapasana Guha Cave

The world sixth synod of Buddhism was held in this cave building in 1954 on the Kaba Aye compound and the Pagoda was built to commemorate the sixth synod. This Pagoda was also enshrined with relics of Buddha and his disciples.

Other places of interest are, Bogyoke Aung San market, ChaukHtatKyi reclining Buddha Image, KyaukTawGyi white marble Image is the only largest image in Myanmar. National museum, Gem museum, China Town, Hlawga Wildlife Park, Htaukkyant Allied war cemetery and etc.

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Sights Around Yangon

Visit to Syrium (Thanlyin)

Buddhism was introduced about 2500 years ago and it was here that there are many Buddhist religious Shrines and Pagodas are spreading in Syrium. Christainity made its' first inroads into Myanmar. Many merchants and adventurers start venturing into Syrium about 200 years ago.

In 10th century many traders from the sea attracted Syrium. Sailing ships from Malacca and Sumatra and as far as from Macca (middle east) came to trade from the west, Portuguese set up the base in Syrium. In 1581 Phillip Debrito settled long with Catholic mission on Syrium Port city. Debrito is notoriously known as Pirate for his tyranny.

He played of Kingdoms against one another. He sided with Pegu Kings and recognized him as the master of lower province. The first Catholic mission, led by Father Bonabite came to Syrium in 1721. Built a large brick church in 1750. This large Church still exist in Syrium as old brick building.


Bago

The Ancient City, once ruled by Mon Kings, is known as the Oktha Pegu Dynesty Bago. The city was frequently mentioned by earlier Europeans visitors as an important seaport. Bago kingdom was under the rule of Bagan empire during the reign of Bagan Kings, started from King Anawrahta in 1057 to King Narathihapati in 1287 AD.

Than became the Capital city of Mon. Many of the Pagodas and Monuments had built during the rules of Kings in Bago. Today there are many famous Pagodas in Bago such as Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda about 2000 years ago is 373ft high, Shwe Tha Hlyaung reclining Buddha Image from 994 AD is 180ft long, Kyaikpun ( Four Sitting Image ) without shelter is from 1476 AD and Kalyani Sima ( Ordination Hall with 10 large stone scriptures ) are from1476 AD. The City is 40 miles from Yangon.
 

Pyay

Pyay is located bout 285km north of Yangon. Situated on the east of Ayeyarwaddy riverbank. There are many Inns and Hotels, with modern facilities for visitors, in Pyay. Pyay is famous for its Archaeological site of the ancient city Srikhistra there are Many ancient Pagodas in the city of Pyay, Shwesandaw Pagodas and sitting huge sitting Buddha Statue are famous in Pyay.


Akauk Taung

(Old custom gate for boats in the river) is about 40 miles from Pyay on the Ayarwaddy river bank, where there are many huge carvings of Buddha images on wall of the rocks near the bank of Ayarwaddy river, which can easily observe from the river by boat.
 

 
 


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