YangonYangon, also known by its anglicised name of Rangoon, was the Burmese capital city until 2006, when the government officially relocated the capital to Naypyitaw.  However, with its strong commercial heritage and infrastructure, Yangon remains the major gateway into Burma.

The city is evergreen and cool, populated with lush tropical trees, beautiful shady parks and stunning lakes, it is called the Garden City of the East and is true to its name.

Yangon was founded by King Alaungpaya in 1755 when he conquered Lower Burma, the original small village sited there was named Dagon and the new name of Yangon means “End of Strife”.

Today, the city of Yangon covers over 35 square km and has a population of over 5 million people.

Sightseeing in Yangon

YangonThe Shwedagon Pagoda, surrounded by well maintained parks and gardens, is a popular place to visit, as are Botatung Pogada, Chauk htet gyi Pogada, Sule Pagoda and Kaba Aye (world peace) Pagoda.

Other places to visit

The National Museum, Martyrs Mausoleum, Bagyoke Market and Park, Kandaw Gyi Lake, Mingalar market.

 

Thanlyin / Kayuk Tan

Thanlyin / Kayuk TanClose to Yangon, located across the Bago river, lies the major Burmese port of Thanlyin.  In the 16th century, Thanlyin was the base for Portuguese and became an important base for the shipping trade, it is the largest deep water sea port in the country.  Thanlyin is also home to the Mayanmar Maritime University.

Twante

A small town, approximately 24km from Yangon and reachable by boat along the Twantee canal, Twantee is famous for its potteries and the Shwe Sandaw Pagoda, where on the Burmese New Year an annual pagoda festival is held.

Bago

BagoOnce the capital of the second Burmese Empire, Bago is located 80 km northeast of Yangon.  It is known for the Shwemawdaw Pagoda (114 metres high), Shwethalyaung (55 meters long & 16 meters tall), Kyaikpum, Mahazedi, and Hintharkone where festivals to make offerings to the Nats are celebrated.

 

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