Yangon, the former capital, is the main gateway to Myanmar. It was founded by King Alaungpaya on the site of a small village called Dagon when he conquered Lower Myanmar in 1755. Yangon means 'End of Strife'. In the colonial days, Yangon was anglicized to Rangoon. In 2005, Nay Pyi Taw became the capital of the country, but Yangon remains the main commercial and diplomatic city.

Shwedagon Pagoda
ShwedagonThe Shwedagon pagoda is the holiest site for Myanmar Buddhists. It is believed to have been built during Buddha's lifetime - more than 2500 years ago. The great golden dome rises 98 m above its base. The numerous structures around the pagoda are decorated with paintings and sculptures of a high standard. The whole atmosphere of the pagoda is breathtaking.

SuleSule Pagoda
The Sule pagoda is located right in the city center. It is situated in the middle of a roundabout and surrounded by heavy city traffic. This golden pagoda is unusual as it is an octagonal shape, whereas almost all other pagodas throughout the country are a circular shape. It is not only the landmark of the city but also the point from which all addresses to the north are measured.

Botataung Pagoda
BotataungThe Botataung pagoda is situated in the eastern part of the city. It is hollow, which means that pilgrims can walk around inside it. In the middle of the stupa is an ancient relic chamber which contains the bones and hair of Buddha. The way into the chamber is like a mirrored maze and many of the artifacts are displayed.

ChaukhtatgyiChaukhtatgyi Buddha Image
Chaukhtatgyi is a huge reclining image of Lord Buddha which is housed in a large metal-roofed shed. It is situated only a short distance northeast of the Shwedagon pagoda. It is 72 m long and 26 m high. The Buddha image has eyes made of glass which is unique and looks very impressive. There are a lot of monasteries in the surrounding area.

Kandawgyi Lake
KandawgyiKandawgyi is a natural lake which is close to the city center. The area around the lake is very pleasant and it's a good place for a stroll. The Western side of the lake is a romantic place for young couples and the Eastern side has a small park and playground for children. The Eastern edge of the lake is the best place to see the sunset.


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