Yangon, the capital, also considered as the Garden City of the East" is the gateway to Myanmar. adorned with idyllic lakes, shady parks and green tropical vegetation, Yangon is at once friendly and welcoming. Yangon is also a growing bustling business centre.
Yangonï¿½s not-tobe-missed attraction is the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda atop Singuttara Hill, considered by many as the greatest and most impressive Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar today. Originally 8.2 metres tall, now it stands close to 100 metres in all its glory through successive renovations by Myanmar monarchs. The Pagoda, more than 2500 years old, enshrines strands of Buddhaï¿½s hair and other holy relics. Colourfully dressed worshippers offering flowers, food, candles and water can be constantly seen circling the shrine daily. A sunset visit promises a spectacular sight, when the gold spire gleams and glitters in the light of the setting sun.
Maha Wizira Pagoda
The Maha Wizaya Pagoda was built on the Dhammarakkhita (Guardian of the Law) Hill which faces the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. in 1980 to commemorate the first successful convening of all sects of the Buddhist monastic order. under one supervisory body. It was built from funds donated by the people across the whole country. An image of the Buddha which was a royal gift from the King and Queen of Nepal is enshrined within the pagoda. All manner of traditional decorative art executed by modern artists and artisans grace this shrine and testify to the preservation of a national culture developed through the ages.
Sitting surrealistically on the Royal Lake is the Karaweik. With its double bow depicting the mythological karaweik, a water bird from Indian pre-history, and a many tiered spire carried on top, the Karaweik represents a fine work of traditional Myanmar architecture. Spend an unforgettable evening at this luxurious dining spot, enjoying an outstanding dance performance accompanied by classical Myanmar music.
The Mandalay Regalia-the majestic Lion Throne of the last Myanmar King takes centre stage among the museumï¿½s collection of historical, ethnological and archaeological exhibits, tracing the early history of this famed ancient region.
Largest and liveliest of Yangonï¿½s markets, the Bogyoke Market is worth a wander with its wide and diverse range of goods from groceries to handicrafts, and antiques to the latest wear. It is a haven for souvenir hunters - one can find here the most exotic gifts or keepsakes and mementos for a lifetime.