Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) is no longer the capital of Myanmar, but it has experienced a huge increase in tourism recently. Book early, as hotel rooms are sometimes hard to find! While you’re in town, the Shwedagon Pagoda, an immense, ancient Buddhist shrine, is a must-see—TripAdvisor travelers recommend visiting at sunrise or sunset.
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5 based on 11 reviews
The city's biggest tourist attraction is this immense Buddhist shrine built approx. 2500 years ago.
10.000K entrance will probably be the best 10$ you will ever spend in Yangon to visit this master piece of architectural wonder.
The pagoda is best seen during sunrise or sunset as the light makes a massive difference. It's also the busiest time.
No shoes and socks are allowed so mid afternoon is probably best to be avoided as the tiles get's quite hot.
4.5 based on 317 reviews
Dating from 1896, this is the only Jewish temple remaining in the city.
4.5 based on 87 reviews
A peaceful and beautiful place, well organized, incredibly informative using multi-media tools, old documents and letters, quotes, informational posters, photographs, a short film. Getting a sense of U Thant's skills of diplomacy and his "tolerance for everything except intolerance" resonates considering the current state of global politics and western Myanmar in particular.
4.5 based on 814 reviews
Taukkyan War Cemetery is in Taukkyan town in the township of Mingaladon, Yangon greater area, on the main highway No 1 Pyay Road. From the centre of the city of Yangon, it is 21 miles north and 11 miles from the international airport, 45 minutes drive from the centre of Rankgoon and 24 minutes from the International airport. Exact location of the cemetery is North (17º02'08.24") and East (96º07'55.28").
Missing the vastness of Normandy but this unexpected stop enroute to Bago filled me w sadness. Didnt know 27k Brittish soldiers died WWII fighting Japanese in Burma. Several are "tombs of unknown soldiers", a few Jewish star etchings and mainly crosses to note their bravery-and family left behind when they died- mostly in early twenties. Grounds are kept beautifully w flowers. Several visitors used it as backdrop for smiling selfies- as its different from other Mynamar sites. They dont realize the sanctity. Wish there were more explanations and details but our guide helped fill in missing facts.
4 based on 515 reviews
Worth seeing as it has a very interesting brick interior and is nothing like a Cathedral that you would see in Europe.
4 based on 2 reviews
Not very photogenic from the outside but inside the temple is amazing. A huge reclining Budda figure dominates the interior with literally hundreds of figures and shrines surrounding it. The Temple is on a small back street, sort of hidden away, so be sure to get directions or hire a driver who knows his way around. There is a small bazaar area out front selling the usual stuff and is not of particular interest, unless you are desperate for those last minute souvenirs.
4 based on 293 reviews
Again a nice budha, but for me, this one had something special. It looks more authentic I guess. It’s close to the reclining budha, so I would take the small detour.
Free entrance, no tourists, be careful for the friendly people giving you an explanation. They will ask money.
Make sure the walk a bit around in that area (why Not walk to the park?). Real life in Yangon.
4.5 based on 87 reviews
We entered the grounds through a large ornate gateway. You pass Approaching lots of stalls where buddhist worshippers can buy flowers, incense sticks and other items to pay homage to the relic.
A very large white building it resembles the ancient Ananda Pagoda in Bagan.
The Swe Taw Myat is a symmetrical building with four entrance portals protruding out from the main structure. The stairs to each entrance are flanked by a pair of white and gold Chinthe, a mythological creature that looks like a lion, in Burma often seen guarding the temple. The center of the structure consists of several tiers of receding size, topped with a gold painted sikhara and a spire.
4 based on 853 reviews
The walk along the bustling streets from Chinatown through the Indian district, passing the old Strand Hotel takes you to this wondrous Pagoda! Passing through the gilded archway you are led to the great Pagoda which once inside, many jewels and antiquities of Burma’s Buddhist heritage await! The gilt casket which houses the relic of Lord Buddha is the first delight to come to.. from there the circular route around the inside of the Pagoda passes under intricate golden carvings above on the ceilings and adorning every wall.. in the cool inner sanctum a myriad of treasures are to be seen .. ancient statues and stupas, old texts and photographs, even oddly enough, a very old Rangoon Turf Club silver trophy, a relic from Rangoon’s British Colonial days! Once outdoors again the surrounding temple grounds offer shady respite from the tropical sun by way of massive aged Bo trees.. planted long ago as a tribute to the tree under which the Buddha became enlightened. The famous turtle ponds were being renovated when we went there but I’m sure once the work on them is completely finished, that they will be a beautiful sight! There are shops ...selling all sorts of mementos.. glass mala beads, statues, medallions etc outside in the temple grounds and we found them to be much cheaper than anywhere else in town! We adored the Botahtaung Pagoda of Yangon!
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