Yangon, the capital city, is the main gateway to Myanmar. Evergreen and cool with lush tropical trees, shady parks and beautiful lakes, Yangon has earned the name of Garden City of the East. Yangon was founded by King Alaungpaya on the site of small village called Dagon when he conquered Lower Myanmar in 1755. The name Yangon means "End of Strife" which was anglicized to Rangoon. The present day Yangon covers over 350 sg. km. and has a population of over 5 million.Day WHAT TO SEE
This world-renowned pagoda towers over the city of Yangon, and can be seen for miles around. Widely considered one of the world’s wonders, Shwedagon is thought to have been constructed more than 2,500 years ago. Since that time it has been rebuilt a number of times, and it is likely that the stupa dates from 1796. Thousands of devotees visit the pagoda each day to perform religious rites to make merit.
Kapa Aye Pagoda and Maha Pasana Guha
Kapa Aye, meaning world Peace, was built to commeme rate the Sixth Buddhist Synod in 1954, which was held in Maha Panasa Guha(Cava) within the same compound
Buddhist Art Museum
The Buddhist Art Museum at the Kapa Aye Pagoda has a widw collection of religious paraphernalia and Buddhist texts
Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha
This reclining Buddha image, originally built in 1907, was eroded by weather conditions over the years, and rebuilt in 1966. It remains the largest Buddha image in the country. Other similar images, although smaller, are the Ngar Htat Kyee Buddha and the Koe Htat Kyee Buddha.
Located on Pyay Road, the Natinonal Museum has five floors of exhibits. It displays the Lion Thorone, the Elephant Throne, the Royal Regalia, manuscripts, painting, etc.
Other attractions in Yangon are Sule Pagoda, Mai-lamu Pagoda, Botatatung Pagoda, Tooth Relic Pagoda(Swedaw), Lawka Chantha Abhaya Labha Muni Buddha image, Bogyake Aung San Park, People's Squqre and People' Park, Yangon Zoo and Hlawga Wildlife Park.
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