Myanmar's largest and most vibrant city, Yangon is a place that many visitors to Myanmar pass by all too quickly. Its historical importance as a trading post means that it has been home to a fascinating melting pot of ethnicity and religion, and it is hosting the largest number of colonial-era buildings in Southeast Asia. Today, it has thriving cultural colonial and social scenes.These two centuries old structure contrasts with fading British colonial buildings - past which monks strolling in their purple robes, or barefoot local people chewing on their betel nuts.
Burma's striking Shwedagon Pagoda has a sparkling golden stupa which can be seen from all over Yangon. It is considered one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Burma. It contains various ancient relics, and you can witness devout locals going about various rituals on their visit. All visitors should remove their shoes before the first step at any of the entrances.
Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha
The pagoda, with its 65-meter-long reclining Buddha, is not only a must-see, its sheer size and rich details make it one of the most memorable stops in all of Yangon. The Buddha’s bright white face hovers some 16 meters above the ground and is decorated with brilliant red lips and bright blue eye shadow. The Buddha image is 66 metres (217 ft) long, and one of the largest in Burma.The construction was sponsored by a wealthy Burmese Buddhist, Sir Po Tha, in 1899.Large glass eyes with dimensions of 1.77 by .58 metres (5 ft 10 in × 1 ft 11 in) were custom-created at Naga Glass Factory. The Buddha image was consecrated in 1973.
Lively fresh market
Discovering of lively fresh markets is a great introduction to daily life in Myanmar. A window to explore the different food stalls selling seafood items, fresh fruits, vegetables and exotic products as well as to learn about local culture and traditions.
Yangon is one of the finest places for viewing colonial architecture in the world. Myanmar became a colony of Britain in 1824 after the First Anglo-Burmese War, and remained until 1948. Although some of the structures are in bad condition, there are efforts to restore them, led by the Yangon Heritage Trust. Exploring Yangon will transport you back in time, where you have the opportunity to view these outstanding pieces of colonial architecture. Secretarial Office,High Court, Rowe & Co building, The Strand Hotel, Myanma Port Authority, Accountant General Building, Bogyoke Aung San Market, Pegu Club are a great examples of historical significance.