Yangon, the biggest commercial capital of Myanmar lies beside of Yangon river. Once known as Dagon, just a tiny fishing village with about 10000 dwellers is now converted as the garden city of Asia. Yangon is also the main entrance for the people who wish to make Myanmar travel. The great pagoda Shwedagon is the landmark of Yangon and also the most famous one in Myanmar and it is incredible. Other interestings in Yangon are downtown area, China town, Yangon Jetty, Scott market or Bogyoke market. Chaukhtat kyi reclining Buddha image. It takes about one hour flight from Bangkok. Myanmar Travel!
Shwedagon pagoda, the most sacred spot for all Buddhist people around the world. And also the one wonders of the world. Towering almost 100 metres above the green cityscape of Yangon. The Shwedagon pagoda is the landmark visible from miles around. It was believed to have built over 2500 years ago where the Buddha’s relics were enshrined. Shwedagon was originally a mere 27 feet high, and became the present height of 326 feet in the century by Shin Sawbu, famous queen in Myanma history. Tons of gold and thousands of real gems such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires which are stuck by the donations of pious Buddhists.Myanmar Travel!
The biggest reclining Buddha image in Yangon. It was built in 1907 and the original image was damaged due to exposure to climate over the years. This 72 m long new image was rebuilt in 1960. Of particular interest are the feet of the Buddha which are inscribed with 108 scared symbols proving the Buddha’s Enlightenment.Myanmar Travel!
At the heart of Yangon’s downtown area is Kandawgyi lake, a large water body surrounded by restaurants, bars and hotels. A walkway rings the lake and there are a number of recreation and relaxation areas for families and young people to enjoy. It’s a great place to take small children because there are numerous sets of play equipment, open spaces to fly kites or kick a football, a small zoo, eateries and many other attractions.Myanmar Travel!
Myanmar was an important battleground between the Japanese and Allied troops during World War II and many on both sides lost their lives in the fighting. At the periphery of Yangon on the Bago road lies the Htaukkyant war cemetery where the 27,000 tombstones of Allied soldiers who lost their lives in Myanmar during the World War II. The cemetery is a calm, peaceful place and is beautifully tended. Myanmar Travel!
The biggest marble Buddha image in Myanmar, lies just about 5 minutes drive from the Yangon International airport. Kyauk taw gyi Buddha image is not very old, finished in 2001. It was rough curved in Mandalay and carried by the river till Yangon, then complete carving in Yangon. Myanmar Travel!
Thanlyin,a small charming town at the other side of Yangon was once a trading port occupied by the Portuguese in early 17th century. The old buildings still stand in evidence of the days of Portuguese occupation. The 270 metre long bridge spanning the Bago river made possible the 30 minutes drive from Yangon. Dotted pagodas,horse carts, paddy fields and fresh air will give you at least the moment escape from the crowed city Yangon. Kyaik-Khauk and Kyauktan pagoda are famous and interesting to visit. Myanmar Travel!
Another day return trip from crowded city area, visit Twante. About 24 km from Yangon, takes about one hour by car and also take as boat trip about two hours on the Twantay Canal. The boat trip provides a view of the life along the canal. Twante provides interest as a center of pottery and hand-woven cotton cloth. There are over fifty pottery works. This craft has been handed down from generation to generation and is still carried on in the time-honored tradition. Twantay pottery is recognized and distributed throughout the country. Thousands of water pots flower pots, basins, jars of from 5 to 25 viss capacity are produced daily. One of the famous Pagoda in Twante is Shwesandaw Pagoda which is reputed to enshrine two hairs of Buddha.Myanmar Travel!
Day return trip and interesting place to visit from Yangon is Bago,Located only 80 km from Yangon. Bago, now the capital city of Bago Division and it was an ancient capital of Mon kingdom in 15th century. Two Mon princes were built that town when they observed a scared goose building its nest on an island nearby. This was an auspicious sign and they called their town Han-tha-wadi. Female hintha (hintha derives from the pali word hansa whicn means a water bird) perched on the male’s back is the symbol of Bago. And because of that symbol, people said that the men from Bago are hen-packed husband. Happy Myanmar Travel!Thanlyin,a small charming town at the other side of Yangon was once a trading port occupied by the Portuguese in early 17th century. The old buildings still stand in evidence of the days of Portuguese occupation. The 270 metre long bridge spanning the Bago river made possible the 30 minutes drive from Yangon. Dotted pagodas,horse carts, paddy fields and fresh air will give you at least the moment escape from the crowed city Yangon. Kyaik-Khauk and Kyauktan pagoda are famous and interesting to visit. Myanmar Travel!
The most important and symbol of Bago.Its history dated back to the time of Buddha and two hairs of Buddha were enshrined in it. Shwemawdaw, that name derives from the Khmer phrase meaning ‘at the tip of the peninsula. About 15 meters higher than the great Shwedagon. The upper part of Shwemawdaw pagoda was broke down in 1930 after frequently earthquakes. Reconstructed in 1952 and the new umbrella and diamond orb was placed on top in 1954. Myanmar Travel!
This 180 foot long reclining Buddha image was built in 994 AD by King Migadhippa to commemorate his conversion to Buddhism after years of spirit worship. After the Bago period, it was hidden in the jungle for over a century. And fortunately it was discovered in 1881 when the railway lines constructed in that area.Myanmar Travel!
Kyaik Pun pagoda situated just before arrive the downtown of Bago. Kyaik Pun pagoda was built in 1476 AD by King Dhammazedi, king of Bago. There are four sitting Buddha images placed back to back and facing the four directions. Each image has 33 meters in height. One of the images facing west was destroyed in the 1930 earthquake. They have also an interesting legendary said that these four images were built by four princesses after making a promise “ not to married in their life”. But one princess could not keep her promise and got married. So her Buddha image was frequently damaged and had to repaired. Myanmar Travel!
Kanbawzathadi Palace was built by King Bayinnaung (1551-1581 A.D.) the founder of the second Myanmar Empire. The first Hantharwaddy city was shifted to new place and the king rebuilt the new palace to the south of the Shwemawdaw Pagoda and named Kanbawzathadi in 1556. The original palace consisted of 76 apartments and halls according to the old drawing record. It was burned down in 1599. Kanbawza Thadi, the famous palace of King Bayinnaung (1551-1581 A.D.) is being extensively excavated and some buildings are being rebuilt. It is a great archaeological site in Bago. In AD 1566, King Bayinnaung was the founder of the Second Myanmar Empire, which stretched from the borders of India to parts of Thailand and Laos. Myanmar Travel!