Places to Visit around YangonSights around Yangon
A 5 or 4 week stay is fine to visit Yangon and its area. 3 or 4 years. Sightseeing, (overnight in Yangon, 4. day)
In Yangon sight seeing plus thirlyin, (former portugese fortress), and Yele Pagode, astonishing place wroth visit. 5th D.
Sightseeing on the way to/near Yangon - Bagan Forum
I extend my Myanmar trip for a few additional nights and wonder if anyone has any ideas for some places I can visit on the way between Yanangyaung and Yangon (to interrupt the trip) or within a few hour from Yangon. My last part of my route is to fly from Yanangyaung to Yangon, from Nyaung-U directly to Yangon (at this time I will have been before Yanangyaung Bagan.
I tried to search the maps for places between Yanangyaung and Yangon, but found nothing. From Yangyaung I am flying for 3 or 4 days to Hpa-an and back to Yangon. Twantay I wanted to see, but apparently there are many touristic excursions from Yangon.
YANGON, STILL OFTEN, known under the nickname Rangoon, is a town with different civilizations and architectures. It' s full of red-clad friars, shiny coupons and large historic houses, many of which have lost their nostalgic charms that you won't find anywhere else in Asia. Known for its great 2500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar's most stunningly beautiful sacred sanctuary and an immaculate icon of a land where Buddhism rules every facet of the world.
Yangon is a diverse cultural, culinary and religious centre with many Hindu and Chinatels, churches, mosques and a temple, thanks to the diverse ethnical groups that live in the town. Bustling streets are full of outdoor stands with a choice of food from the area, many tea houses full of chats and market full of new products.
Myanmar's biggest metropolis, Yangon, which may still be identifiable by its former name, is still a surprisingly contradictory one. The decade-long culture and economy of the old part of the old quarter with its endless roads of dilapidated old settlement houses, unstable power and overcrowded shovel busses is still clearly noticeable.
Intra-continental shields and necklaces, which are beginning to overlay many other towns in the area, are recognizable by their complete absence, and the foundations of inner-city living - street vendors, a high café on the roadside, decaying market squares and rising stupas appear in areas strangely unscathed by today's underworld.
But the wind of flux is already blowing through the town, with many old Japaneese automobiles populating the roads of the town, along with a rapidly growing number of fancy restaurants, stylish locals snack bars, illuminated advertising boards and stores offering the latest trays, smart phones and other auxiliaries. They all reflect the strange sense of a town that has become estranged in time: one that is painstakingly fashionable but several centuries outdated - perhaps at the heart of the city's extraordinary allure.
Yangon really is a town of two parts for the tourist. This old metropolis - or Yangon as it is commonly known - remains by far the most intriguing area in this fast-growing megacity, an enchanting metropolis of picturesquely decaying Colonian structures with golden -coloured Buddhaist palagodas, market towns, museums and ancient China and Hindus.
On the way north are the endless towns of today's Yangon, a mostly dull town with a number of flowery Buddha Schools and the Kandawgyi Lake and Lake Kandawgyi. One of the most famous is the amazing Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most beautiful Buddhistic churches in the whole wide globe.
Short Story Yangon is by Myanmar standard a comparable novelist, which originated mainly in Burma's Colonies, although its origins can be retraced back to the early Myanmar past. They exercised their rule in lower Burma, although it remained a somewhat secluded place despite the prestigious Shwedagon Pagoda.
Alaungpaya, who established the Konbaung dynasty in 1775, conquered Dagon, re-named it Yangon and directed trading here from near Thanlyin, the former central dock. The British conquered Yangon during the First Anglo-Burmese War, which continued from 1824-1826, but returned it to the Burmese after the end of the 1827 antagonisms.
Yangon's unanticipated and abrupt ascent to the nation's supremacy came after the Second Anglo-Burmese War of 1852, during which the British reconquered the state. This formerly humble metropolis was selected as the site for the new Indian Ocean capitol of Burma because of its position on the Indian Ocean and the Ayeyarwady River, which runs about 1600 km into the centre of the state.
This very old Mon housing estate on the waterfront was demolished and an eye-catching new urban layout based on the grid map drawn up by military technician Alexander Fraser was published. After Upper Burma was captured in 1885 during the Third Anglo-Burmese War, the British call Rangoon a recognized trading and business town.
New, magnificent Indo-Saracen and neo-classical style structures were constructed, new clinics, museums and universities were constructed, a railroad was constructed, parklands and Kandawgyi and Inle Lake were constructed to provide the new borough with fresh waters. Considerable numbers of inhabitants also emigrated from other parts of the British Empire to the new town, especially to India, giving the town a pronounced subcontinental flavour that continues to this very day.
After World War I, Rangoon became the centre of the Burmese independence movements, led by Yangon University undergraduates, founded by the Brits, culminating in a series of countrywide strike action in 1920, 1936 and 1938. During the Second World War the Brits were eventually toppled, and the town came under Japan's rule (from 1942 to 1945), before being reconquered by the Allies in 1945 after having suffered severe war.
Independent After gaining political power in 1948, Rangoon became the capitol of Burma's new union. It continued its ex-ponentitious external growth, with new suburbs in the north of the old town. At the same time, the demographic composition of the town changed significantly, with many of Burma's inhabitants of India origin, as well as the town, which once had a large Jewish and other culturally diverse population, which left after New Win's liberation and later during the New Win War.
A number of streets of the old settlement were renamed, and the nation's army leaders in 1989 moved the name of the town from Rangoon back to Yangon, although various different locals and non-governmental organisations did not recognise the new name, and the old name is still in use.
The year 2005 saw a big emblematic blow to the town when a new Burma capitol was born. Although Yangon has lost its position as capitol and loses some ministry privilege on its way there, it remains to a large degree the centre of the country's politics, economy and culture.
Yangon The old town from the Colonian period - today commonly known as Yangon is still the heart and spirit of today's Yangon and by far the most alluring area. In the 1850s, sketched by the Britons, the inner centre includes a geometric road system of only about 1 km depth and 5 km width, although the original draft is completely inadequate to cope with the mere mass of pedestrians and vehicles in the twenty-first Century.
The city centre remains one of the great projects of Asian Colonisation, despite rapid growth, with a number of neo-classical urban areas in states of severe decay and congestion. Yangon's bustling road scene is covered with pavement and alleys full of traders, buyers, food stands, tugs, transport and red-clad friars, too many to believe it - it's definitely a place to walk past gradually to get to know the intricacies.
It' also a place that has the best of Yangon's multi-ethnic legacy, with a thick mix of muslim beards, smudged by thanakas, pallid Tamils from China and dark-skinned Tamils, all moving unhurriedly between innumerable sidewalk cafés and sidewalk booths. The Sule Pagoda is located in the heart of Yangon city center, the Sule Pagoda is the most evident of all Buddhist monasteries in Burma.
His ascending gold Stupa gives the old settlement its symbol, to which all roads seem to converge. Located at the centre of the 1859' UK map, the pit is still the centrepiece of inner-city living, both cultural and physical (the total distances to other parts of the land are still determined by the pit, similar to the Myanmar interpretation of London's Charing Cross).
Illuminated at dusk, the panorama is extraordinarily breathtaking, even if it seems a bit preposterous during the afternoon, insulated in a busy round-about, in an infinite whirlpool of transport and with a string of small stores that face outwards into their sides. The story says that the Buddha was built when the Buddha himself was still living, but a more probable, though prose report is that it can be retraced back to the Mon period in the 10th cent.
More recently, during the 1988 and 2007 Saffron Revolutions, the Suleagoda was an important meeting place for pro-democracy supporters - and the site of a reckless massacre during the latter, when the army opened fire on unwieldy demonstrators. From each point of the cardinals there are 4 stairs that lead to the couch, with 4 similar chests connected to the basis of the stupas at the top of all the stairwells, all with striking gold canopies.
It sits on an octagon pedestal similar to Burma's default pedestal, but is unusual, as both the tower and the stupa's cupola take on the octagon instead of the round form adopted by almost all other stupas in Burma. The Mahabandoola Garden Mahabandoola Garden is a tranquil urban garden offering a celestial place with open spaces amidst the super-compressed inner cities of Yangon and a sanctuary for the nationalists.
It was formerly called Fytche Square in honour of the Chief Commissioner of British Burma, Albert Fyche. Later it was rechristened after the legendary commander of Burma's armed force during the first Anglo-Burmese war, General Mahabandoola (or MahaBandula), and is also the seat of the rising monument of liberation that honors Burma's freedom in 1948.
Mahabandoola Gardens with its small bonsai-like shaped tree is a nice place to unwind after the busy sidewalks in the city centre, and also offers great views of the neighbouring Sule Pagoda and City Hall. The best collections of Yangon's colorful rural architecture is located in the area just south of Mahabandoola Gardens and on Pansodan Street.
To the north of Mahabandoola Gardens there is the sky-blue Town Hall (1924), whose neo-classical forms are lightened by an uproar of substitution-oriental, appealing motives consisting of tiny stony bars, a few kites above the main door and a peach in between. Recently underwent a great refurbishment and now looks immaculate; an example of how these magnificent old structures could look if enough cash, attention and attention were made.
Across the Mahabandoola Road, some unique spines are enthroned above the 1952 Immanuel Baptist Glasses ( "the first temple ordered by a U.S. misionary in 1885 after it was demolished in World War II), while on the eastern side of the Mahabandoola Gardens is the former Supreme Court courtyard (1911) in general neo-classical design with cream-colored detail, dominated by a huge brickwork spire steeple.
Panjodan St. The most famous adress of the town was once the south end of Panjodan St., and to this date the road is bordered by an authentically beautiful old settlement. Starting from the intersection connecting Mahabandoola Road, the Government Telegraphic Office is the first large edifice, although it now looks a bit run-down, with an upstairs floor falling down and a wireless tower hurriedly falling onto the canopy.
That used to be the core of urban living, the stores with Scotch whiskey, British candy, British candy, British cigarette and the Reuters Telegraph Bureau. Strand Hotel The Strand Hotel is situated in downtown Yangon's adress for the rich and famous. Looks like a leisurely old queen amidst the infamous hustle and bustle of Yangon's remarkable but dilapidated beach road.
Designed exclusively for white people (the Burmese were not accepted until 1945), the Burmese were described by John Murray in his travelers' guide as "the best guesthouse west of the Suez" with visitors such as Somerset Maugham, Lord Mountbatten and Rudyard Kipling. Yangon's Secretariat The Giant Secretariat (also known as the Minister's Building) is the most prominent of all Yangon's monuments to colonialism.
It is a giant neo-classical house made of solid marble that occupies an area of 37,000 square metres, about two-thirds the area of the Louvre in Paris. Completed in 1902 (although the western and eastern wing were added three years later), the Secretariat remained the most famous historic and remarkable collective centre in Yangon; the former headquarters of the UK administration in Burma; the place where Aung San and six members of the government were cold-bloodedly murdered on 19 July 1947; and the place where the country's liberation ceremonies were held the following year.
Directly in the northern part of the Secretariat is the St. Mary's Roman cathedral and the biggest of its kind, the splendid St. Mary's Romantic Catholic one. The Netherlands based Jos Cuypers (son of Pierre Cuypers, who built Amsterdam Central Station and the Rijksmuseum) was responsible for the design of the edifice, which was finished in 1899 in a neo-Gothic architectural design very similar to that of the competing English Trinity Canal.
On the south side of the church is the huge B.E.H.S. (6) Botahtaung from 1860 - only two of all the primary school of the colonies (B.E.H.S.) that still characterize the town. Formerly known as St. Paul's English High School, it was one of the most prestigious in Yangon.
At Theinbyu Road in the west, you will find the all-girls B.E.H.S. (4) Botahtaung, formerly called St. Mary's Convent School, another outstanding old colorful souvenir that is still in use today. It provides worship to many Yangonite Indians living in the subcontinental municipality at the western end of Anawrahta Road (the formerly ubiquitous Yangon descendant of today's Yangon, who established themselves in the town during the UK rule).
The Botataung Pagoda is the second of the two most important Buddhistic Yangon pagods of the Yangon colony and is situated on the east side of the city. It can be retraced back to the Mon era, about the same time as the Shwedagon Pagoda, although a lost RAF bombing was largely destroyed in 1943 (targeting nearby Yangon quays).
Reconstruction work began on 4 January 1948, the first date of the country's liberation. The Bogyoke Market and around Bogyoke Market or Bogyoke Aung San Market (official name), is situated on the north side of Yangon town. This is the city's most important touristic honing vessel, the seat of Myanmar's most diverse and strange gift stores, a series of jewellery, wall paintings and other collectors' items.