4 Appealing Destinations in Yangon, Myanmar

The former capital of Yangon is the largest tourism center in Myanmar, where possesses many popular attractions, diverse and appealing tourist services. And it is highly recommended that tourists visit Shwedagon Pagoda, Botataung Temple, Bogyoke Aung San Market or China Town, which are famous attractions in Yangon, Myanmar.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon - The Golden Pagoda

Yangon is the first stop on the Myanmar tour, simply because it is the largest tourist center in the country and the hub to travel to other places. The Golden Pagoda of Shwedagon is a place where visitors should never miss out when visiting Yangon, which is considered as the symbol of Myanmar. So far no one is able to determine exactly when the golden pagoda was built, many hypotheses claim that the temple is more than 2000 years old. At present, Shwedagon Pagoda holds four sacred treasures of Buddhism such as the stick of the Buddha, the water filter of the Na Jataka Buddha, a piece of the Buddha's Karmapa and the eight hair strands of Shakyamuni Buddha. The pagoda is inlaid with thin gold foils that make the color extremely attractive especially in the dawn or sunset. The pagoda is also decorated with thousands of diamonds and rubies.

Botataung Pagoda

Botataung Pagoda

After visiting Shwedagon Pagoda, the next destination must be Botataung Pagoda, an appealing destination in Yangon. The temple is located along the river bank of the city. The name of the pagoda means "thousands of general" because it was built by the offerings and support of generals in the military of Myanmar. The first impression to visitors when visiting the pagoda is a slight dazzle because the ceiling and the walls of the pagoda are inlaid with gold. The temple also holds a treasure that is the Buddha's hair relic. The space of the pagoda is both tranquil and solemn which will help visitors stay calm and relaxed.

China Town

A vendor in China Town

In almost any major city in Southeast Asia, it is easy to see Chinese communities intermingled with indigenous peoples and Yangon is no exception. There is a great number of Chinese people living and working here, creating an interesting culture, attractive to visitors. The China Town looks like a miniature China with shops selling food, clothing, household items; the mode of living is almost unchanged. Besides, you can stroll around the night market in China Town, enjoying delicious Myanmar dishes such as Shan dumplings, Shan noodles, coconut cakes.

Bogyoke Aung San Market

A corner of Bogyoke Aung San Market

During the trip Myanmar almost all visitors also want to shop for souvenirs bearing the spirit of Myanmar to bring home as gifts for relatives. And Bogyoke Aung San Market is a great place to shop. This is the largest traditional market in Yangon, which sells almost everything made by Myanmar people. Handicrafts, jewelry, souvenirs or even longyi skirts are popular items.

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