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Yangon

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Yangon, formerly Rangoon, was the capital of Myanmar until it was superseded by Naypyidaw in November 2005. Today, with a population of over 5 million people, it remains the largest city and main economic hub of Myanmar. One of the best places to visit in Asia is Yangon. Nature lovers will appreciate the city’s lakes, shady parks and verdant trees. Yangon certainly lives up to its reputation of being ‘The Garden City of the East’. The city is an amalgamation of British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences, and is known for its colonial architecture, which although decaying and beyond appreciation, remains an almost unique example of a 19th-century British colonial capital.
        Yangon is a melting pot and enjoys a diversity of cultures and communities in terms of people, settlement and religions. Because it serves as the country’s main entrance and seaport, it is also the country’s centre of business.

SHWE DAGON PAGODA

The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most famous pagodas in the world and it is certainly the main attraction of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. Locally known as Shwedagon Zedi Daw. The pagoda itself is a solid brick stupa that is completely covered with gold. It is 326 feet in height (99 m). The main gold-plated dome is topped by a stupa containing over 7,000 diamonds, rubies, topaz and sapphires, the whole giddy concoction offset by a massive emerald positioned to reflect the last rays of the setting sun. There is little wonder that the Shwedagon is referred to in Myanmar as “The crown of Burma”. The ways of life and the religious activities can be seem there. It can be seen from most places of Yangon day and night as the golden roof illuminates the city. According to some, the pagoda is 2,600 years old, making Shwedagon the oldest pagoda in the world. However, no official documents attesting its construction exist and its age is still a matter of debate.

Entrance Fees: 8000 Kyat