Numerous travelers will in general give Yangon short shrift, giving up the city for additional time in Myanmar's prominent heartland destinations. This is a pity, as the city is – in its claim particular way – one of the more wonderful in Southeast Asia. Notwithstanding having what is conceivably the most stunning religious landmark in the area, global confinement in the course of the most recent five decades has left Yangon with a suffering colonial charm that has everything except vanished somewhere else. Also, despite the fact that a feeling of despairing is a regular scenery to this setting, your recollections are bound to be of Yangon's lively and beautiful lanes, its boisterous outside business sectors, the absolute friendliest urbanites anyplace and what is in all likelihood your first involvement with an altogether new cooking.
1. Shwedagon Paya
Heart ceasing whenever, the Shwedagon Paya sparkles splendid gold in the warmth of the day. At that point, as the sun throws its last beams, it turns a crimson gold and orange, enchantment floats in the heat and the jewel at the spire’s crest throws a light emission that reflects sheet white, red and desirous green to the furthest corners of the temple platform. It very well may be peaceful and pensive or vivid and unruly, and for the people of Myanmar it is the most consecrated of every single Buddhist site, one that all Myanmar Buddhists would like to visit at least once in their lifetime. Obvious from anyplace in the city, Shwedagon is situated toward the north of focal Yangon, between People’s Park and Kandawgyi.
2. Botataung Paya
One of Yangon’s ‘enormous three’ payas, and said to contain hair relics of the Buddha, the Botataung Paya was named after the 1000 military pioneers who escorted relics of the Buddha from India to Myanmar more than 2000 years back (Bo implies pioneer, ordinarily in a military sense, and tataung implies 1000). For one six-month time frame this paya is said to have harbored all eight strands of the Buddha’s hair previously they were circulated somewhere else. It’s not as stunning as the Shwedagon, or as striking for being so strange like Sule Paya, be that as it may, Botataung’s roomy riverfront area also, it gives a progressively down-to earth otherworldly differ from the other two. Its nearness to fresh air and the Yangon wharves were less random when a bomb from an Allied air attack in November 1943 scored an immediate hit on the tragic paya. After the war the Botataung was reconstructed in a fundamentally the same as style to its forerunner, however, with one significant and bizarre difference: not at all like most zedi (stupa), which are solid, the Botataung is hollow, and you can stroll through it.
3. Sule Paya
It’s only one out of every odd city whose essential traffic circle is involved by a 2000-year-old golden temple. Encompassed by government buildings and commercial shops, the tall zedi at Sule Paya is another case of the abnormal confusion of the Yangon cityscape. However, it’s this blend of current Asian business life merging with antiquated Burmese convention that is the feature of the Sule Paya. Early night, soon after the sun has gone down and laborers have surged home at last, is the most climatic time to both visit the temple what’s more, make a turn of the boulevards encompassing it. Many set aside the effort to stop by the Sule Paya to pray and meditate on the day’s events. The focal stupa’s name, Kyaik Athok, interprets in the Mon language as ‘the stupa where a Sacred Hair Relic is cherished’. As with numerous other antiquated Myanmar places of worship, it has been revamped and fixed commonly throughout the hundreds of years, so nobody truly knows precisely when it was constructed.
4. Chaukhtatgyi Paya and Ngahtatgyi Paya
Fifty years’ prior there was a giant standing Buddha jabbing his head over the temples and monasteries here, yet one day he got worn out and crumbled into a pile on the floor, whereupon he was supplanted with the beast measured lethargic reclining Buddha you see today. One of Myanmar’s increasingly excellent reclining Buddha, the peaceful essence of the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha is beaten by a crown encrusted with diamonds and other valuable stones. Housed in a substantial metal roofed shed, just a short separation upper east of the Shwedagon Paya, this colossal figure is shockingly minimal known and announced by any stretch of the imagination. Near the Buddha’s feet is the little place of worship to Ma Thay, a holy man who has the ability to stop rain and allow mariners a safe voyage.
Joined to the sanctuary complex is the Shweminwon Sasana Yeiktha Meditation Centre, where large numbers of local people assemble to meditate. It’s not difficult to find somebody to demonstrate you around the abutting monasteries.
Basically over the road from Chaukhtatgyi Paya is a ravishing situated Buddha image at the Ngahtatgyi Paya. Sitting in quiet gold and white rest with a sound sprinkle of valuable stones for sure, it’s one of the greatest sitting Buddha in southern Myanmar. Indeed, it merits going to see for its cut wooden scenery alone.
5. Kaba Aye Paya and Mahapasana Cave
At the point when the architects were approached to come up with an appropriate blueprint for the ‘world peace’ zedi, which was built for the 1954– 56 6th Buddhist Synod. The 112ft-high paya additionally measures 112ft around its base. It remains around 5 miles north of the downtown area, a little past the Inya Lake Hotel. The inside of the monument is hollow and contains some pleasant Buddhist sculptures, including a lei-myet-hna (four-sided Buddha form).
Simply north, Mahapasana, the ‘great cave’, is an absolutely artificial. It was here that the Sixth Buddhist Synod was held in 1954– 56 to concur with the 2500th commemoration of the Buddha’s illumination. This colossal cave (estimating 456ft by 371ft; it can suit up to 10,000 people) took just 14 months to fabricate. It helped that there were 63,000 workers. The cave is as yet utilized to hold grand religious ceremonies.
6. Other Temples & Shrines
For a difference in view look at the winged serpents what’s more, incense of the Kheng Hock Keong, the largest Chinese temple in Yangon. Upheld by a Hokkien association, the 100-year old temple is most exuberant from around 6am to 9am when it’s thronged with worshippers offering candles, flowers and incense to the Buddhist and Taoist special stepped areas inside.
The noteworthy Moseah Yeshua Synagogue, close Mahabandoola Road, was established in 1894 by Sephardic Jews from India and Baghdad. Watched out for by trustee Moses Samuels, one of Yangon’s presently modest network of Jews, its affectionately kept up inside contains a bimah (stage holding the reading table for the torah) in the centre point of the main sanctuary and a women’s balcony upstairs. The wooden ceiling highlights the first blue-and-white Star of David motif.
A few brilliant Hindu temples can be found in the focal point of the city, including Sri Kal, somewhere in the range of 26th and 27th Streets, and the Sri Devi, the two of which are Technicolor temples following the work of art South Indian style of towers. These are the habitats for the city’s annual Murugu Festival, famous for beautiful road parades highlighting demonstrations of custom self-mutilation.
Christians get in on the demonstration in Yangon as well with St Mary’s Cathedral, worked in an unusual red brick (and with a similarly strange red, green and white inside), which will energize pilgrim buffs.
7. National Museum
Endeavor to disregard the way that the precious gathering at the National Museum is horrifyingly named and lit, and simply center on the fortunes that exist in this huge building. Features of the gathering incorporate the 26ft-high Sihasana (Lion Throne), which had a place to King Thibaw Min, the last lord of Myanmar. It’s in reality a greater amount of a passage entryway than a position of royalty yet how about we not bandy, since it’s a damn sight progressively great than your front entryway! Further signs that the lords of old didn’t comprehend the importance of the word ‘nuance’ are the gem encrusted beds, silver and gold floor coverings, flashy palanquins (one of which is palatial in its size and quality), kitchen seats made of ivory, some stunning stylized dresses and a huge accumulation of betel-nut holders and spittoons, which alone could make the British Royal gems look like shoddy tack picked up at an ‘everything for a dollar’ shop. The upper floors are less great and take you on a stroll through regular history, ancient times and an in all respects dreary workmanship exhibition.
8. Mahabandoola Garden
Only southeast of the Sule Paya, this square urban park offers charming walking around the downtown area’s heart, particularly in the early morning when the air hasn’t however loaded up with traffic exhaust. Involving the focus of the northern portion of the recreation center is the Independence Monument, a pillar encompassed by two concentric circles of chinthe.
9. Kandawgyi Lake
The natural lake near the downtown area is a decent spot for a walk. Try not to anticipate untamed nature or thoughtful calm here, as the pathway encompassing the boundary of Kandawgyi additionally runs nearby a bustling street. Additionally known by its strict interpretation, Royal Lake (Dawgyi Kan), the lake is most appealing at sunset, when the Shwedagon is reflected in its calm waters. You’ll find the best sunset view from the lake’s eastern edge. The eastern side of the lake is overwhelmed by an over the top expensive government financed venture including a little park what’s more, a play area for youngsters, just as the whimsical or enormous (contingent upon your taste) Karaweik, a reinforced concrete reproduction of a royal barge.
10. Myanmar Gems Museum and Gems Market
Simply north of Parami Road, this government-possessed museum is intended to inspire – beginning with the world’s biggest sapphire, which comes from Mogok (toward the upper east of Mandalay). The sapphire estimates 6.7in in height, furthermore, is about 26lb in weight – this by one way or another means 63,000 carats. The museum likewise flaunts the world’s biggest jade rock, rough ruby and star sapphire. Other not-so impressive claims incorporate the main mineral with ‘royal’ in its name.
11. Thanlyin & Kyauktan
One of the least demanding departures from the charm furthermore, commotion of Yangon is to the little, rural towns of Thanlyin and Kyauktan, just over the river from Yangon. The official objectives of the trek are two or three fascinating religious locales, yet the genuine intention is simply getting into the score of rural Myanmar. Amid the late sixteenth and mid seventeenth hundreds of years, Thanlyin was the base for the infamous Portuguese traveler Filipe de Brito e Nicote. Formally a trade representative for the Rakhaing (Arakan), he really ran his possess little kingdom from Thanlyin, siding with the Mon (when it fit him) in their battle against the Bamar. In 1599 his private armed force sacked Bago, yet in 1613 the Bamar blockaded Thanlyin and de Brito got the punishment reserved for the individuals who defiled Buddhist places of worship: demise by impalement. It took him two days to die, due, it is stated, to his inability to take the suggested stance for the stake to enter imperative organs.
Thanlyin proceeded as a noteworthy port and trading centre until it was devastated by Bamar King Alaungpaya in 1756, after which Yangon assumed control over this job. Today Thanlyin is a relaxing place, with shaded avenues and a bustling business sector to walk around, in any case, there is little of the antiquated city to be seen. A short transport ride away will take you to the Kyaik-khauk Paya, a scaled-down Shwedagon with terrific sees from its ridge area. It’s said to contain two Buddha hairs conveyed to the site by the incredible sage himself. Probably the first stupa on this hillock was raised by the Mon 600 to 800 years back. Thanlyin was likewise the first place in Myanmar to get Christian missionaries also, the first place to have its own church. You can visit the remaining parts of the Portuguese built church, which was built in 1750.
Yele Paya at Kyauktan, 7.5 miles southeast of Thanlyin, is a shining floating temple afloat on a chocolate stream. You can re-order Jaws by bolstering the enormous catfish sprinkling about at the temple complex’s edge. To achieve the islet, get one of the dispatch ships reserved for foreigners from the riverbank. Additionally in the town is a little pagoda roosted on the top of a hill adjacent to the waterway and a tumultuous, flyblown and rather fishy market, which achieves its peak in the first part of the day.
In the third week of January Thanlyin’s Hindu people group celebrates (or perseveres contingent upon your assessment) Thaipusam, the custom of contrition in which enthusiasts atone terrible deeds by piercing themselves with snares and nails and strolling over hot coals.
Headed for Bago, beyond Yangon’s airplane terminal at Mingaladon, you reach Taukkyan, where you will find the enormous Taukkyan War Cemetery, kept up by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It contains the graves of 6374 Allied warriors who passed on in the Burma and Assam battles of WWII. There is additionally a remembrance bearing the names of the nearly 27,000 warriors who passed on with no known grave. Gradually, as you stroll around perusing the names of the individuals who died and the tributes recognizing them, the warmth of the sun appears to blur and the clamor of the street subsides, disregarding you in the quietness of your own musings in this gigantically dismal place.