Yangon Region

Palace of Interest In Yangon Area

Shwedagon Pagoda – Sule Pagoda – National Museum – Royal Kandawgyi Lake – Karaweik Palace Restaurant – National Races Village – Kaba Aye Pagoda – Kyauktawgyi Pagoda – Botataung Pagoda – Mai Lamu Pagoda – Mahavijaya Pagoda – BogyokeAung San Park – People’s Square and People’s Park – Hlawga Wildlife Park – Meditation Centers – Htauk Kyant War Cemeteries – Bogyoke (scott)Market – Zoological Garden – Moeyingy Wetlands & Resort

About Yangon

Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) is the largest city in Myanmar (formerly Burma). A mix of British colonial architecture, modern high-rises and gilded Buddhist pagodas define its skyline. Its famed Shwedagon Paya, a huge, shimmering pagoda complex, draws thousands of pilgrims annually. The city's other notable religious sites include the Botataung and Sule pagodas, both housing Buddhist relics.

Shwedagon Pagoda

No visit to the Union of Myanmar is complete without a visit to the 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda, which enshrines strands of Buddha’s hair and other holy relics. Located west of the Royal Lake on 114 -acre Singuttara Hill in Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site for the people of the Union of Myanmar. From a humble beginning of 8.2 meters, the Shwedagon Pagoda today stands close to 110 meters. Shwedagon Pagoda is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds; the largest of which is a 72 carat diamond. It is clearly one of the wonders of the religious world. Shwedagon Pagoda is a repository of the best in Myanmar heritage – architecture, sculpture and arts. The Shwedagon Pagoda consists hundreds colorful temples, stupas, and statues that reflects the architectural era spanning almost a 2,500 years. To understand this monumental work of art and architecture, visitors will experience an insider’s view of this magnificent symbol of Buddhism to the lives of the Myanmar people. Shwedagon Pagoda forms the focus of religious as well as community activities – the bustling of devotees and monks washing the statues, offering flowers, worshiping, and meditating. Shwedagon Pagoda is administered by the Board of Trustees of Shwedagon Pagoda.

Sule Pagoda

The pagoda is located right in the center of the city, adjacent historical and cultural sites.
Sule Pagoda owns a typical pagoda architecture, can be seen in some Asia countries: Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. The Pagoda is 48 meter in height with octagonal bell shape, surrounded by small temples, bronze bells and a good collection of Buddha images.

Remark။ ။ Near Mahaboola Park, May Shan Hotel, City Star Hotel, 999 Shan Noodle, Danuphyu Daw Saw yee, Sun Flower hotel, Backpacker Bed & Breakfast, Rangoon Tea House, Golden Duck, Sabal Myine Myanmar-Rakhine Food, Hotel Yangon Heritage.

KandawGyi Garden

The Kandawgyi lake placidly reflect the sky changing colour with the time of the day and the golden spire the Shwe Dagon Pagoda over the tops of the green woods lining its banks. At dawn the lake is silver shrouded in pearly grey mists tinged with the pink of the first sunbeams. At sunset the water looks like liquid-gold. with depths of red fire. To combine the natural beauty of the lake and the sublime beauty of Myanmar traditional architecture the Government of the Union of Myanmar built a royal barge in the form of Karaweik (mythical bird) in 1972. In ancient times. the barges were used in royal parades to transport Buddhist Scriptures or covey some regal missive to a distant outpost.

Near Rose Garden Hotel, Chatrium Hotel, Beat Western Hill, Esperado lake view, General Ag San Museum, Tennis Court.

Karaweik Hall

Karaweik Hall is a landmark of Yangon locating in Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake. This modern architecture of a mythical creature Karaweik has 3 floors and ceremonies are held in it. This whole building was gilded with gold about 20 years ago. The Karaweik Hall including the ancient traditional Karaweik renovated in tasteful style.

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda

The little known Chaukhtatgyi Temple in Myanmar’s capital city Yangon has one of the biggest and most graceful Reclining Buddha statues in South East Asia. It was horribly gaudy, with the bright red lips and white skin and pink toenails. Housed in an open sided steel and corrugated iron structure that looked more likely to host a rock concert, the Buddha gazed down on the handful of Burmese worshippers gathered around at the base of its face. The sense of space and light flooding in from outside coupled with the relatively few people here made it a real sanctuary from the crowded pavements of Yangon’s city life.
Near Hotel Shwe Gon Dine, Green Leaf Hotel, Wealth Inn, DaNuPhyu Daw Saw Yi, Queen star tea shop, Tarmwe Htamin Kyaw.

Bo Gyoke Market

The market was first built and inaugurated on the present premises in 1926. It was named Scott Market after Mr. C. Scott. the then Municipal Commissioner. Nowadays. it is called Bogyoke Aung San Market in honour of our national leader General Aung San who was assassinated in 1947.
Near U Kweet Food Shop, Bambi Food, The Loft hotel, ParkRoyal Hotel, Clover Hotel, Scott Hostel, Sule Shangri-La Hotel.

Botahtaung Pagoda

The Botataung Pagoda was named after the thousand military leaders who escorted first hair relics of the Buddha brought from India over two thousand years ago. The meaning of Bo is “leader” and tahtaung is “a thousand”. It was built almost in the same time as Sule Pagoda and Shwedagon Pagoda over. 2500 years ago. The name of the pagoda was originally Kyaik-de-att. which was a Mon name. or Sandaw Shin as it is enshrined with the sacred hair of the Lord Buddha.The pagoda was rebuilt in modern adaptation after it had been demolished by Allied bombing during the World War II. The relics excavated during the time of repair are enshrined in the visible showcase on the interior corridor walls. Together with the relics are silver. bronze and alabaster images of Buddha in a Pagoda- shaped casket serving as a repository of the sacred Hair and relics of the two great Disciples.After the renovation works on the pagoda a sign of new Temples and other religious objects are constructed on the precincts of the pagoda. The area of the site is limited because of the river front on one side. but the necessary buildings including monasteries can be build in the premises.
Just on the left side of the pagoda’s compound is another interesting place for Ahma Mya Nan Nwe. It is a worship place for the Spiritual Being who is believed to be guarding the Botahtaung Pagoda.

Inya Lake

Inya Lake is the largest lake in Yangon, Burma (Myanmar), a popular recreational area for Yangonites, and a famous location for romance in popular culture. Inya Lake is an artificial lake created by the British as a water reservoir between 1882 and 1883 in order to provide a water supply to Yangon.

Near Sein Lan So Pyay, Fuji House Café, Myanmar PlaaSedona Hotel, Myanmar Plaza, Sedona Hotel, Melia Yangon, Jewel Hotel, Exrcel Palace Hotel, Serene Vally Hotel, Yadana Hall Hotel, Htake Tan wat thar dote htoe, Lotte Hotel, Royal Rakhine Kitchen, Hotel Parami.

Maha Bandula Park

Maha Bandula Park was named after General Maha Bandula, who fought against the British in the war from 1824- 1826. Maha Bandula Park is a ideal place to get away from bustling city. With a brief stroll in the park, you can see that besides the beautiful natural scenery, there is the Independence Monument built in about the mid- 20th century.
Inspite of not many attractions inside, from Maha Bandula Park, visitor can reach many interesting streets such as Maha Bandula Garden Street, Sule Pagoda Road, Konthe Road or Maha Bandula Road.

Near Sein Lan So Pyay, Fuji House Café, Myanmar PlaaSedona Hotel, Myanmar Plaza, Sedona Hotel, Melia Yangon, Jewel Hotel, Exrcel Palace Hotel, Serene Vally Hotel, Yadana Hall Hotel, Htake Tan wat thar dote htoe, Lotte Hotel, Royal Rakhine Kitchen, Hotel Parami.

Kaba Aye Pagoda

Different from the other pagodas. Kabar Aye Pagoda was only built during 1952. This pagoda is significant for the Sixth World Buddhist Synod which was held in its large precinct in 1954. Myanmar people are Theravada Buddhist and are very deeply devoted to the religion. For the Sixth Buddhist Council. which was held during 1954-56. the Kabar Aye Pagoda was built in dedication to the council. The pagoda was built in 1954. The Kabar Aye Pagoda compound is a large one intended to have peace and quiet environment for the monks (Sangas) and the devotees.

Near Kaung Pyae Sone Restaurant, Shwe Palin Tea Shop,Union Square Hotel, Great Feel Hotel.

Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda

Nga Htat Gyi means ‘five-storey Buddha’ and is situated across the Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha, which is the reclining one. The Ashay Tawya Monastery is home to this huge seated Buddha sculpture which is placed on an iron structured pavilion with a 5 tiered CGI roof. Therefore, the name Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda was derived from the structure which literally meant 5 layered roof. The style in which Magite or armors have been used in this image distinguishes it from other huge Buddha structures. Prince Minyedeippa donated the original Nga Htat Gyi Buddha in 1558. It was the image of a seated Buddha around 20.5 feet tall. This seated Buddha was brought in this pagoda where its height was increased to an imposing 45.5 feet and placed on a high pedestal of 30feet length and 46feet breadth. This is one of the largest and highest Buddha images in a shrine in Myanmar. This alteration was done in the year 1900.

Near Hotel Shwe Gone Daing, Royal Rose Restaurant.

Hlawga National Park

The park embraces the catchment area of the Zokanabe Lake, an extension dam built in 1921–24 to reinforce the greater Hlawga Lake which has supplied water to Yangon since 1904. The park was established in 1982 with joint-funding by the UNDP and the Burmese government in order to protect the forests and vegetative cover in the catchment of Hlawga Lake, and to establish a representative collection of Burmese indigenous wildlife species of mammals, reptiles and birds, in their natural habitats.

Tooth Relic Pagoda

The Swe Taw Myat paya or “Buddha tooth relic pagoda” is one of Yangon’s recent places of worship. Construction was funded with donations of Burmese people and Buddhists from all over the world. The pagoda was constructed to enshrine a sacred Buddha tooth relic, believed to be one of the teeth of the Gautama Buddha who died some 2,500 years ago. The tooth was brought over from China in 1994 and enshrined in the pagoda for 45 days for Burmese Buddhists to pay homage. Enshrined along with the original relic were two ivory copies, one of which is still enshrined in the Swe Taw Myat today.
Near International Theravada Buddhist Missionary, Rose Palace Hotel, Mingala Royal Lake, Mon Ma Lay Food.

Thanlyin

Kyaik Khauk Paya is a Buddhist stupa located in Thanlyin Township, in southern Yangon Region, Myanmar. It is a popular tourist destination and also pilgrimage site for Buddhists. It is believed that the pagoda was built on Hlaingpotkon Hill about 2000 years ago by King Sulathrima of Thaton. There are four stairways and the pagoda resembles a Mon-style stupa. A pagoda festival is held annually in February (the 1st waxing to full moon of the Burmese month of Tabodwe) of each year.During Cyclone Nargis, the pagoda, which was located on higher elevation, served as a storm shelter for local villagers.

Near by Happy Country Restaurant, Shwe Thanlyin hotel, Zi Wa Ya Tha Restaurant.

Kyauk Tan – is a Buddhist pagoda located in Kyauktan Township, Yangon Region, on a small island in Hmaw Wun Creek, a tributary of Yangon River. The pagoda was built with many Buddha’s relics inside. Two things are noticed, the water level never rises to cover the pagoda, and there will always be enough room for everyone who come to visit the pagoda (meaning, even the pagoda has small room for visitors somehow it is always balanced out between those who is coming & leaving). This unusual temple was built under King Bawgasena in the third century BCE. The temple hosts an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures and other fine demonstrations of Burmese Buddhist artwork and craftsmanship.

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