Yangon

After commencing setting up the new capital ,”Naypyidaw” in Mandalay Division , Yangon just remains as a large commercial hub of the country . In 1885 when the British colony began Yangon as a capital there migrated 50% Indians and 10% Chinese .The Burmese king who set up the third Myanmar Empire, after conquering the place from Mon in 1755 changed the name it from Dagon to Yangon which means “end of all strife”. In order to get easier transportation British chose Yangon as a port city and it turned out to be worldly famous port capital in South East Asia by the construction of British architects and its architectural beauty caught the eyes of the tourists and well known among them as the Garden City of South East Asia. Colonial brick houses, administrative huge colonial style buildings and churches with detail architectural decoration can still be witnessed in downtown of Yangon. Yangon, today’s total area 350 square kilometres with over 5 million people, has many interesting places to see like the landmark Shwedagon Pagoda, several stupas and the Buddhist temples , green fresh garden Kandaw Gyi , strolling through daily local markets such as Scott Market, the huge reclining Buddha Image of Chauk Htut Gyi, National Museum, China Town, the only remaining of Synagogue from the colonial era, Allied War Cemeteries where there are the 27,000 of allied soldiers’ tombs ( Htaukkyan War Cemetery and Hanthawady War Cemetery), Syriam and Kyauk Tan Pagoda, National Ethnic Village, Dala town (on the other bank of Hlaing River), Twante Pottery quarter, Hlawga wildlife park and the colonial district in the downtown area.

BOGYOKE AUNG SAN MARKET (SCOTT MARKET)

You just name any products from Myanmar and every of all these products are there. There are various gems and jewelries such as Jade, ruby, sapphires and emeralds from Myanmar. Other man made products such as traditional fabrics, Myanmar arts and crafts artifacts, and galleries are in Scott Market.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Located just a bit north of downtown it is the masterpiece site for visiting Myanmar. The myths and legends of the Pagoda tell that it was built 2,500 years ago. The present structure was erected in the 15th Century. Though the stupa is about 100 m height, the elegant proportion is still a model for Architects today. As one of the most famous Buddhist monuments, one can see almost all of Buddhists activity in this place. The stupa is covered with gold and valuable gems on top. The bells within the “umbrella” on top chime in the wind. The atmosphere is very nice early morning or late afternoon. You can walk around the stupa, many buildings for religious purposes are set around. The stairways leading to the stupa are all lined with small shops, selling mainly religious items used for worshipping.