ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YANGON

Posted on 11 sep 2018 by AdminComments 11

History

Yangon was formerly known as Rangoon and was the capital of Myanmar until 2006 when the military government relocated the capital to the purpose-built city of Naypyidaw in the central of Myanmar. However, Yangon is still the largest city and the most important commercial and tourist center of Myanmar. Architecture in Yangon has influenced from Buddha style. Here you can easily find temples, pagodas and Buddha towers everywhere. If you are a fan of religious culture or a Buddhist, Yangon is an ideal stopover for you. Yangon was also dubbed as a city without motorcycles; taxis and buses are the main means of transportation here.

Climate

Yangon has a mainly tropical climate with 3 distinct seasons. The rain season starts from June to October, winter comes from October to February and the dry season is from March to May. The most suitable time to discover Yangon is in winter, particularly around Chinese New Year. If you want to enjoy festivals in Yangon, you should travel in April, when two main festivals in Yangon is the Thingyan (Myanmar Buddhist New Year) and the Shwedagon Festival take place.

Place to see

Shwedagon Pagoda: Shwedagon pagoda is the most sacred and important pagoda in not only Yangon but also the whole Myanmar. There are seven water tanks in the pagoda corresponding to seven planet in lunar solar and seven days of a week. Four entrance stairways lead to the main terrace and people have to take off their shoes in order to come into the pagoda. The 325ft statue is adorned with 27 metric tons of gold leaf along with 1100 diamonds and 1300 gems on the top of these stupas. Sunset is the ideal time to visit the pagoda, this is the time when the whole temple reflects the sun’s light and bring out the miraculous scenery. A visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the things you must do when you’re in Yangon.

Kandawgyi Lake: Also known as Great Royal Lake, Kandawgyi is an artificial lake and was built by the British as a reservoir. Kandawgyi Lake is the most peaceful area of Yangon and the good place to walk and immerse yourself in nature. On the southern side of the lake is Shin Upagot shrine. Locality believes that Upagot is a Bodhisattva, who protects and helps human beings.

National Museum oh Myanmar: The National Museum of the Union of Burma was first opened in June 1952. This five-story building presents a rich collection of Myanmar's history, culture, tradition, and religion. Visiting the National Museum, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the country and people of Myanmar through the historical stages.

Bogyoke Aung San Market: Bogyoke Aung San is the largest market in Yangon and it is called as shopping heaven. This is an ideal place for travelers looking for items made from gems. As soon as entering the market, visitors will be overwhelmed by the variety of gems such as jade, ruby, sapphire, and jewelry are sold at shops. The market was established in the period 1994-1995 since Myanmar began to open trade relations with many other countries. Nowadays, Bogyoke market becomes one of the busiest shopping centers in Myanmar.