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Visiting Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar
The capital of the Union of Myanmar, Nay Pyi Taw is 391 km from Yangon and 302 km from Mandalay. The Nay Pyi Taw Station is situated on the Yangon-Mandalay line. It' a nine hour journey by Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw. From Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw a new motorway will take about 4 h.
The most important sights in Nay Pyi Taw includes the Uppatasanti Buddha Day Gardens, the Water Fountain Garden, the Zoological Garden, the Safari Park and the Gem Museum. The Uppatasanti Puagoda (also called "Peace Pagoda") is a striking symbol of Nay Pyi Taw. A Buddha dental reliquary from China is housed in the cemetery. It' an almost equally large reproduction of the Shwedagon pit in Yangon and is 99 metres high.
Wasserbrunnengarten is located near the town hall of Nay Pyi Taw with a portico. This 165 hectare large park consists of a central lake with three wells and 11 small lakes with 13 different wells, a 9.1 m high watch-house, nine recreational centres, two small parks, two rock terraces and a 10 foot long stroller street and footpaths.
Situated on the Yangon-Mandalay Hwy about 250 leagues from Yangon, the Zoological Garden and Safari Park is the biggest animal park in Southeast Asia. This 612 hectare large Zoological Park was opened on Myanmar Armed Forces Day (27 March 2008) with about 420 specimens from the Yangon Zoological Garden.
Safari parks are game parks with several hundred species of animal from different parts of the globe. It is subdivided into Asiatic Safari, Africa Safari and Australia Safari. Situated in the Zabu Thiri Town Ship, the Gem Museum exhibits valuable gems such as ruby, saphire, iade and Myanmar's megalith.
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The Yangon lies southwest of the eponymous Yangon Sea 30 kilometres from the Andaman Sea. Initially a small town called Dagon, around the Shwedagon Pagoda, it was conquered by the King Alaungpaya in 1755. It was called Yangon ("end of battle") and designed its harbour to make it the number one in the state.
In 1886 the British change the name during the Burmese annexation; Yangon then became Rangoon. Yangon was formally re-named Yangon by the army junk. As the former capital since 2005, Yangon is still the biggest town in Myanmar and the most important part of the economy.
Because of its luxuriant exotic flora, shaded gardens and lovely ponds, Yangon is also known as the "Garden of the East". It is one of the most important touristic sites in Burma and attracts travellers with the picturesque charms of its colorful rural monuments, which coexist with countless couples. Yangon is called "the town of a thousand gold pagodas" by many folks.
It also radiates an ambience that is typical of a big metropolis with its many lively roads surrounded by stores and market. We' re presenting some of the major attractions: Shwe " means bullion, and "Dagon" is the former name of Yangon. Shwedagon, the icon of the former capital, on Singuttara Hill, is Burma's most noteworthy Stupa with its stunning 99m high.
Constructed more than 2,500 years ago, the Shwedagon is said to contain the remains of four Buddhas, eight of which are Gautama Buddha's hair. Approximately 60 tonnes of golden cover the top of the parasols, about 7,000 gems, brilliants, rubies as well as saphires.
At sundown, the glowing sunlit silhouette in the darkness provides a truly original and intriguing setting. It is 70 metres long and is one of the longest Buddha in Myanmar and the rest of the globe, wearing a jewel bearing crests.
Like most Myanmar couples, the Chaukhtatgyi couch is encircled by 8 planetary side-chapels, one for each weekday, two for Wednesday. There are several Buddhaist convents in the vicinity. Over half a centurys after Burma's independency, many of Burma's former settlements still testify to the size of the British Empire.
You' ll be amazed by the large shady alleyways where the homes are furnished in the original Myanmar countryside housekeeping. The town is characterised by large century-old palaces, proud of their fine architectural design and witnesses of a past epoch. The Kandawgyi is one of two Yangon waters (the other is Inya).
Situated in the city centre, just south of Shwedagon Pagoda. From here you have a wonderful panoramic sight of the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Royal Hall Karaweik, which lies on the majestic water. Bogeyoke is also known as the Scott colonial-mart. Constructed by the British in 1926, it was first mentioned in honour of James George Scott, a renowned civil servant who was specially known for the introduction of the game.
The roofed square is home to many stores and is known for its many jewellers, dressmakers and fine textiles. It is one of the rides not to miss in Yangon. The Yangon Circular Train, which the British constructed in 1954, has a 45.9 km long bend and has 39 stopping points.
The train runs from the main train stations just outside the town in both direction, the vehicles are old and dilapidated, but it is the ideal way to enjoy the Yangon while sharing views and smile. In the midst of the Burmese going to work and peddlers, you will explore the everyday lives of the residents of the suburbs area.
Trains pass through urban areas and rice paddies around the town.