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Yangon Myanmar

Yangon – formerly known as Rangoon – is the largest city in Myanmar and it offers up an eclectic skyline of gleaming skyscrapers, British colonial architecture and gilded and golden Buddhist pagodas. Its Shwedagon Paya – a vast and towering pagoda – remains the city’s focal point and it attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. Other top sites include the bustling Bogyoke Aung San Market, Maha Bandula Park and the serene Inya Lake.

One thing you can’t miss on a visit to Yangon is the awe-inspiring architecture found here. At the city’s centre lies the famous Shwedagon Paya – an 100-metre-tall temple which is adorned with 27 metric tonnes of gold leaf, diamonds and other glistening gems. It holds the title of being one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites and it’s said that the relics of three former buddhas are enshrined within the building. Other sites here include the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple with its iconic reclining buddha, the cavernous Ngahtatgyi Buddha Temple and the Yangon City Hall which features traditional tiered roofs and historic Burmese architecture.

With a population of over seven million people, there’s plenty on offer to see and do in Yangon. As Myanmar’s artistic, cultural and commercial hub, it’s the best place in the country to see how changes have occurred since the country opened up to the world in 2011. There’s a smorgasbord of exciting new restaurants, bars and shops found here, and new buildings are appearing on an almost daily basis. Head to the Bogyoke Aung San Market to shop for trinkets, take a scenic amble around Kandawgyi Lake and discover culture at the National Museum.


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