Yangon is the city is the gateway of Myanmar. The city is Evergreen and cool with lush tropical trees, shady parks and beautiful lakes. The name of “the Garden city of the East” was founded by King Alaungpaya. He called Dagon when he conquered lower Myanmar in 1755. Afterwards, the town went by the name of Yangon for nearly a century. Yangon means “End of Strife” which was named Rangoon after the British and annexed Myanmar in 1885. The new city was modeled and constructed by Lieutenant Fraser, a British Officer of the Engineering Crops who also designed and constructed Singapore. The city was laid out a chess-board pattern with wide roads running North to South and East to West. It is about 350sq.km and has a population over five million. Places of interest in Yangon areas are as follows; Former Capital of Myanmar and famous for its Grand Shwedagon Pagoda. But visitors who are interesting in wild life excursion studying to making handy Crafts, and exploring to Myanmar’s colorful tribes are also available in Yangon. Yangon is the good site not only for culture and archeological sightseeing but also for non-archeological sightseeing.
Capital - Yangon
Languages major- Myanmar
Industries – Business Zone
Air, Car, Train, International Airport
Chauk Htat Kyi Pagoda
Bogyoke Aung San Market
Archeological & Culture – pagodas, Monasteries, “Spirit” Worship, Colonial Buildings, National Museum
Art & Craft – Wood curving, Stone Curving, Gold Smith
Special Activities – Golfing in standard golft club, Zoological Garden, Hlawkar Wild Life Park
Shwedagon pagoda is one of the most famous and scared pagoda in Myanmar. The Magnificent Shwedagon pagoda on Singuttara Hill, considered by many as the greatest and most impressive Buddhist Pagoda in Myanmar today. Originally 8.2 meters tall, just now it stands close to 100 meters in all its glory through successive renovations by Myanmar monarchs. The pagoda, more than 2600 years old, enshrines strands of Buddha ‘hair and other holy relics. Colorfully dressed worshippers offering flowers, incense sticks, food, candles and water can be constantly seen circling the shrine daily. A sunset visit promises a spectacular sight, when the gold spire gleams and glitters in the light of the setting sun.
Sule Pagoda had said to be built over 2000 years ago. This pagoda is enshrined with hair relic of Buddha, 48 meter (152 ft). The pagoda’s peculiarity is its octagonal- shaped pagoda, which retains its shape it tapers to the spire. It is situated at the center of downtown Yangon. Surrounded by small shops and all the familiar non-religious services such as of astrologist, palmists and so on. The view of the surroundings are the Independence Pillar in the Maha Bandoola Park, the Immanual Church, the mosque nearby, the Town Hall of Myanmar architectural design, and the High court buildings of colonial style making a circuit around Sule Pagoda.
Bogyoke Aung San Market
Myanmar arts and crafts, mostly those of hand-made, are the best souvenirs at reasonable price. Bogyoke Aung San Market (formerly Scott Market) is located at the corner of Sule Pagoda Road and Bogyoke Aung San Street with an area of 29717 square meters. Being the largest in Yangon Housing 2000 shops with a wide selection locally made unique goods, luxury buys such as precious Jewellery of gold and gems, silverware, arts and crafts, lacquer ware, paintings, traditional wooden dolls. There is even a restaurant section where one many enjoy lunch or a relaxing tea break.
The chauk-Htat-Kyi pagoda is famous for its huge image of Reclining Buddha, built in 1966 replacing the old image built in 1907. 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 iron structure with corrugated iron sheets roof of six layers. The monasteries in the vicinity of this pagoda accommodate over six hundred monks who study Buddhist Scriptures from the senior and qualified monks. The entire cost of maintenance is met from the people’s donation.