Yangon was until 2005 for 120 years the Capital of Myanmar with today
nearly 6 millions
population. Colonial style buildings downtown, the massive Buddhist
monument of Shwedagon Pagoda, old-timer cars and Chevrolet buses,
trishaws, friendly street vendors, smiling people and the greenery of
the town make Yangon an exotic city in South East Asia. Besides, there
are quiet and peaceful lakes such as Kandawgyi and Inya Lake within
BOGYOKE AUNG SAN
MARKET (SCOTT MARKET)
It is an eye-catching place for those who love shopping. Various kinds
of gems and jewelries, man-made artifacts, any kinds of traditional
fabrics, galleries, lacquer wares and souvenirs are sold there.
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 gold covered, there are said to
be 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
located in the downtown area, Sule Pagoda was built over 2000 years ago. It is
shaped stupa and people believe that Buddha's relics are enshrined there.
Religious freedom can be noticed by seeing
a mosque and a church around Sule area.
CHAUK HTUT GYI
RECLINING BUDDHA IMAGE
A large reclining Buddha Image is housed under a metal roof. Built in
the year 1908, it is about 70 m in length. When the image was built,
the glass eyes were an outstanding work of art. Small souvenirs shops
besides the pagoda are also a lovely place to visit. In addition to
the reclining Buddha Image, one should not miss to see daily life of
monks in near monasteries.
It is a newly built museum and has five stories. Arts of Myanmar
writing, manuscripts, palace models and the throne of last Myanmar’s
king are exhibited on the ground floor. On first floor, royal regalia,
the records from pre-historic age of Myanmar, and picture of stupas
and temples from Bagan are shown. Myanmar traditional arts and crafts,
rural life, and traditional musical instruments are shown on the
second floor. Myanmar’s’ paintings, clothing, gems and jewelry, Buddha
images and costumes of various tribes are exhibited on the third and
fourth floor respectively.
NAGAR GLASS FACTORY
One who loves to see handmade
glassware should not miss this small
family run “factory”. The place is situated 30 minutes from downtown
and is a place worth to visit and well known amongst all the
expatriates. The glassware is made from recycled glass, products are
relatively fragile. Drinking glasses and decoration items are produced
on order. It is a lovely craft from the past few decades and memorable
place to visit in a stunning jungle-like garden with glass everywhere.
Since a while production
was halted however, as the owner could not afford rising energy prices for the
ovens. It is anyway worth a visit for its surrounding!
Visit this area where you get the odors of Chinese spices and many
stalls on the road sell their sometimes exotic food and grocery. There
are some Chinese temples. Recommendable time to stroll around is in
the evening when the area is packed with street vendors and
SANPYA FISH MARKET
Trading on fishery products is done in this market including freshly
caught fishes and others aquatic animals. It is a place where one can see
people's daily life. Not many tourists visit this typical (and in times smelly)
local fish market in the Kyimyindaing township, 15 minutes drive from downtown.