Yangon, the commercial capital, 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 ” . When you visit Yangon, visiting Shwedagon Pagoda is a must. It is one of the most famous and interesting place to visit in Yangon. Sule Pagoda lies in the center of Yangon and can be easily visited. Other than pagodas, museums such as National Museum, Bogyoke Museum and Gems Museum display historical events of Myanmar.
Kaba Aye Pagoda and Maha Passana Guha
Kaba Aye, meaning World Peace, was built to commemorate the Sixth Buddhist Synod in 1954, which was held in Maha Passana Guha ( Cave ) within the same compound.
Towering almost 100 meters above the green cityscape of Yangon, the Shwedagon Pagoda is the landmark visible from miles around. One of the wonders of the world, it was believed to have been built over 2500 years ago where the four Buddhas’ relics were enshrined. Successive kings had embellished the Pagoda during the 15th century and Queen Shin Saw Pu raised it to its present height
It was open in 1926. It was formerly called Scotted Market named after Mr.jarvin Scott. Yangon Municipal Commission during the British colonial government. When was gained independence in 1948, the name has been changed to Bogyoke Aung San Market as the honor to our national leader Bogyoke Aung san who fought for the independence
Bago was formerly known as Pegu. It is just 80 km (50 miles) north of Yangon. It is just about an hour drive from Yangon. Bago is accessible easily from Yangon, Mandalay, Pyay and other cities. Bago is one of the richest archaeological sites in Myanmar. Bago was made the capital of the Mon Kingdom and it came to be known as Hansavati (Hanthawaddy).
Located on Pyay Road, the National Museum has five floors of exhibits. It displays the Lion Throne. The Elephant Throne, The Royal Regalia, Manuscripts, Paintings etc.Other Attractions in Yangon are Sule Pagoda, Mai-Lamu Pagoda, Botataung Pagoda, Tooth Relic Pagoda ( Swedaw ), Lawka Chantha Abhaya Labha Muni Buddha Image, Bogyoke Aung San Park, People’s Square and People’s Park, Yangon Zoo and Hlawga Wildlife Park.
Thanlyin and Kyauktan
Thanlyin is situated at the confluence of the Yangon and Bago Rivers on the southern bank of the Bago River. 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. Thanlyin formerly known as Syriam is just across the river, spanned by one of the longest bridges in Myanmar. A half-an-hour's drive by car or train.
The famous pagoda from "Thanlyin" is The Kyaik Kauk Pagoda, is built on a hillock on the road to Kyauk Tan. It is an imposing golden stupa similar to the Shwedagon pagoda, and Ye Le Paya at Kyauk Tan, which means the pagoda in mid-stream built on a laterite reef. It was built by King Zeyasana, the seventh king of the Pada Dynasty in the third century BC. Moreover, "The National Races Village" is an interesting place for both local and foreign visitors.