Yangon interesting places to VisitVisiting interesting places in Yangon
Officially known as Rangoon, Yangon is the commercial capitol of Myanmar. It is the biggest and gate to Myanmar. Today's Yangon stretches over 350 km2 and 34 km upstream from the Gulf of Mottama. Alaungpaya founded Yangon in 1755 in the place of a small village called Dagon and he is the one who gave the name Yangon, which means "end of the fight".
The British invaded the land in 1885 and called Yangon Rangoon. It is a town full of nature, culture and religion such as the "Shwedagon Pagoda", the most splendid monument in the world. "The" Shwedagon Pagoda" is the core of the Myanmar tribe and shows how much the Myanmar tribe believes in Buddhism and respects it.
The Sule Pagoda, located in the centre of Yangon, was constructed at the beginning of the third cent; it is one of the most interesting places in Yangon; Botataung Paya, it contains Buddha hairdos, Kaba Aye (World Peace Pagoda), the inside of the memorial is empty and contains some beautiful Buddhistic statues, among them a Lei Myet-Hna (four-sided Buddha sculpture), Chauk-Htat-gyi Pagoda, the recycled Buddha that rests under a large covered shed, National Museum, where you can find a number of interesting artefacts, Bogyoke Aung San (
The town hall, one of the most splendid colonial-style palaces, the Supreme Court, the Immanuel-Baptist Church, the High Court House and the railway administration are also great memories of the past. The Yangon is the place where traditions, cultures and the modern age come together. Therefore, you need to include your travel itinerary as a must see Myanmar.
Thanlyin, only 4 mile from Yangon, can make trips to Thanlyin and Kyauktan across the Yangon (Hlaing) Flu. Until Yangon took over this part, it was an important harbour and trade centre. Kyaik Khauk Golden Pagoda is a favourite place of worship that rises on a hill just south of the city.
There are two Buddha-hairs, which were brought to the place by the great wise man himself. If you continue 15 km southeast of Thanlyin, you will arrive in Kyauktan. The place is known for its Kyaik-Hmaw-Wun pit (a pit on a small islet in the centre of the river). YelePaya (Mid-river Pagode, Kyaik-Hmaw-Wun) is a brief cruise from the water.
Just an hours and a half drive from Yangon. Whitehorse is a small city known for its ShweSandaw pagoda, potteries and centrifugal weavers. There is a large square in the centre of the city and 1 or 2 km further you can see the tradition of processing in the pots.
Pegu was an old capitol of the MON monarchs and is only 80 km away from Yangon. This was also the second Myanmar empire capitol established by the King BayinNaung warriors. The Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda (over 1000 years old and the tower is even higher than the large lying Buddha picture), Shwe Tha Lyaung (large lying Buddha picture), Kalayani Thein (old ordination hall for monk's cap), Kyaik Pun Paya (four sitting gigantic Buddha pictures, which are arranged back to back around a gigantic, quadratic column) and the Kanbawzathadi palace (accommodated by King Bayinnaung) are interesting places in Bago.
Known as'Golden Rock', only 5 hrs northeast of Yangon. It is an important place of worship for all Buddhists. This rock keeps its equilibrium through Buddha hairs that remain inside the stupas. You can reach Kyaikhtiyo by road as well as by rail and only 160 km from Yangon.
From Yathetaung (approx. 45 min. drive) it is 45 min. ascent or you can go back to Golden Rock.