You can Enjoy With Yangon One Day Tour
Yangon (also known as Rangoon, literally: "End of Strife") was a former capital of Myanmar until the capital was relocated to Naypyitaw in 2006. Yangon is the country's largest city with a population of over five million and also the most important commercial center in Myanmar. Founded as Dagon by the Mons in the early 11th century and the name Yangon was given by King Alaung Paya in 1755 after he conquered Dagon; ‘Yangon’ means ‘no more enemies or End of Strife’. Although Yangon is undeveloped compared to other major cities in Southeast Asia, it has the largest number of colonial buildings in the city center; which combined of British colonial architecture, Buddhist stupas, Hindu temples, Christian churches and Muslim mosques make it one of the most exotic and noticeable cities in Southern East Asia. The former High Court, Secretariat Buildings, St. Paul’s English High School and the Strand Hotel are excellent examples of the bygone era.
The largest and best maintained parks in Yangon are located around Shwedagon Pagoda. To the south-east of the gilded stupa is the most popular recreational area in the city – Kandawgyi Lake. The 150-acre (61-ha) lake is surrounded by the 110-acre (45-ha) Kandawgyi Nature Park, and the 69.25-acre (28-ha) Yangon Zoological Gardens, which consists of a zoo, an aquarium and an amusement park.West of the pagoda towards the former Hluttaw (Parliament) complex is the 130-acre (53-ha) People's Square and Park. A few miles north of the pagoda lies the 37-acre (15-ha) Inya Lake Park –a well-known place of romance in Burmese popular culture.
Hlawga National Park and Allied War Memorial at the outskirts of the city are popular day-trip destinations with the well-to-do and tourists.
Shwedagon Pagoda the most popular and the highlight of any visit to Yangon. Shwe means Gold and Dagon is a former name of Yangon. It is believed to have been built nearly 2600 years ago since Buddha’s lifetime. The pagoda was only 66 feet high when it was first built but today the pagoda has a height of 326 feet and a circumference of 1420 feet at the base. The old umbrella “Htee taw” donated by King Mindon has recently been replaced with a new one which has the most valuable object on earth as it has been studded with countless gems and hundreds of thousands of pieces of jewellery donated by the public. The Shwedagon Pagoda is a great cone-shaped Buddhist monument that crowns a hill about one mile north of the Cantonment. According to some legendary tales, there are flying and turning swords that never stop which protect the pagoda from intruders; some says there are even underground tunnels that leads to Bagan and Thailand. The best times to visit are sunrise and sunset.
Sule Paya situated in the center of Yangon, across from the MTT office, the tall zedi at Sule Paya makes an excellent landmark; in fact it’s used as a milestone from which all addresses to the north are measured. Legend says it’s over 2000 years old but as with many other ancient Burmese shrines, it has been rebuilt and repaired many times over the centuries, so no one really know when it was built. In fact, Sule’s busy location seems to enhance its soulful place in daily Yangon life, and it’s a popular meeting place for many Burmese. The pagoda is said to enshrine a hair of the Buddha: its Mon name, Kyaik Athok, translates as "the pagoda where a Sacred Hair Relic is enshrined". The golden pagoda is unusual in that its octagonal shape and it is surrounded by small shops and all the familiar non-religious services such as of astrologists, palmists and so on.
Botahtung Pagoda festival takes place at the beginning of January
Independence Day is January 4th
Shwedagon Pagoda Festival is one of the biggest local festivals of the year which takes place in late February or early March.
Martyr’s Day is July 19th
To find out more about festivals around Myanmar, go to Myanmar Festival.
Yangon has seen many restaurants in the last ten years and almost any type of international cuisines are available. Food in Myanmar has an amazingly wide price range; restaurants and cafes in hotels and the airport charge prices that are normal in Western countries.
Yangon is Burma's main domestic and international hub for air, rail, and ground transportation. Yangon International Airport, located 12 miles (19 km) from the centre, is the country's main gateway for domestic and international air travel. The airport has three terminals, known as T1, T2 and T3 which is also known as Domestic. It has direct flights to regional cities in Asia, mainly: Doha, Dubai, Dhaka, Kolkata, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing,Phnom Penh, Seoul, Guangzhou, Taipei, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Kunming and Singapore. Although domestic airlines offer service to about twenty domestic locations, most flights are to tourist destinations such as Bagan, Mandalay, Heho and Ngapali, and to the capital Naypyidaw.
Yangon Central Railway Station is the main terminus of Myanmar Railways' 5,403-kilometre (3,357 mi) rail network whose reach covers Upper Myanmar (Naypyidaw, Mandalay, Shwebo), upcountry (Myitkyina), Shan hills (Taunggyi, Lashio) and the Taninthayi coast (Mawlamyine, Dawei).
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