Yangon, the capital, with its population of over 5 million, is the gateway to Myanmar. It was founded by King Alaungpaya on the site of a small fishing village called Dagon when he conquered Lower Myanmar in 1755. The name Yangon means "End of Strife". Yangon gives a very different impression from other Asian capitals of similar size. It seems full of trees and shades. Wide streets, orderly town planning and neglected colonial-style public buildings revive visions of a century of British rule, while busy street scenes and shimmering pagodas, bursting through a leafy canopy, hint the rich local culture. From miles away on ship or by plane approaching the city, you will see a golden tower stabbing the sky.
The largest and oldest temple of its kind. Towering almost 100 meters above the green city, this 2,500 years old shrine is a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from many lands and is the very symbol of why Myanmar is called "The Golden Land". A visit to Yangon is not complete without a visit to Yangon's premier sight!
Over 2,000 years old and a haven of peace in the bustling downtown area, "it can be seen every day, but very rare to make a visit" - people here compare it with Piccadilly Circus.
You can walk into the stupa! And believe it or not, it is the ONLY pagoda in the world where you can see a real hair relic of Lord Buddha.
KABA AYE PAGODA
Means 'World Peace' to which this pagoda is dedicated. Built in 1952, it is significant because of the Sixth World Buddhist Synod, which was held there in 1954.
Actually it is not a pagoda but a Tazaung (pavillion) where a 70 meters long Buddha statue can be found.
MAI LAMU PAGODA
Named after the mother of the legendary founder of the capital, is a wonder land of spired pagodas and sculptured figures.
Wander around the Bogyoke Market where you can find a mixture of foreign made products and Myanmar antiques, wood, ivory and mother of pearl carving, lacquer ware, tapestries, and, and, and...You will also meet Myanmar people from all walks of life.
CITY CIRCLE TRAIN
Take a 2 1/2 hour ride in one of the 50 years old coaches fully covered with detergent advertising. If you wish to drive through rural areas, stopping at numerous stations watching cigarette sellers, betel nut sellers, fortune tellers, and, and, and...
Excursions from Yangon
Important trading center in the 17th century, only 25 driving minute distance from Yangon. A visit to the KYAIKHAUK PAGODA should not be missed, nor the YELE PAGODA, which is situated on a small island, also called "Catfish Island".
Two and half hours boat cruise on a local ferry to Twante will bring you to the pottery and cotton weaving home industries.