Yangon is not only the largest city of Burma but also the tourist hub with numerous fascinating attractions. Some highlights of Yangon: Shwedagon pagoda, Botataung Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Bogyoke Aung San market and China Town.
1. Shwedagon Pagoda
This is the most important sites in Yangon where preserves 4 precious items of the Buddha: the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Konagamana, a piece of Kassapa’s robe and 8 strands of Gautama’s hair. The pagoda also attracts tourists for its unique architecture of the glamorous gilded body with thousands of diamonds and rubies decorated on top, and plenty of small stupas standing around the base. Shwedagon paya is truly an outstanding and significant Buddhist construction in Burma. As a luxury symbol of this country, the image of Shwedagon pagoda is used for decoration on many luxury cruises in Myanmar such as Anawrahta Cruise and The Strand Cruise
2. Botataung Pagoda
On the bank of Yangon river lies Botataung paya which is believed to preserve the hair of Gautama Buddha. The name of it in Burmese language means “1000 military officers” for the contribution of them to build up this construction and worship the sacred relics of the Buddha. Tourists will be impressed by the gilded interior and a lot of ancient artifacts set inside.
3. Sule Pagoda
The 2000 year old Sule pagoda situated in the busiest crossroad in downtown Yangon. It is a Mon style chedi with the octagonal shape of 46m height making it one of the most incredible monuments in the city.
4. Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market
Bearing the colonial architecture, Bogyoke Aung San market is another highlight of Yangon metropolis. This an ideal place for shopping where tourists can find a wide range of products from souvenirs to sophisticated local handicrafts, traditional costumes, and lovely decorations.
Being one of the major communities in Yangon, Chinatown is a part of the city life. The area only becomes lively in the night for the vibrant market which contains hundreds of stalls selling all kind of products. This is also a place where people come to enjoy the delicious barbecues and hang out with friends.
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