yangon, gateway to myanmar
1: Shwedagon Pagoda: Fully embracing Myanmar culture at the Shwedagon Pagoda. Read my narrative account of the pagoda.
Although there are many pagodas in Myanmar, few rival the Shwedagon Pagoda in scale or beauty.
Touring above the green cityscape of Yangon at almost 98 meters with a diamond bud of 76 carats, the Shwedagon Pagoda is considered the most sacred Buddhist pagoda by the Myanmar people, and has relics of the four past Buddha encrusted beneath 4531 diamonds and enshrined within 7 gold tons.
Tip: Find the planetary post for your day of birth, and participate in a ritual by pouring ladles of water over it (one for each year of your life). Knowing the animal which in Myanmar symbolizes the day you were born will make finding the post easier.
2: Scott Market (BogyokeAung San Market): Touring Scott Market for “longyi.” The most elaborate are known as “cheik,” a beautiful weave of pattern from the weavers of Amarapura.
Scott Market has the largest selection stalls and shops selling Myanmar arts and crafts. At the market, you can buy from a variety of souvenirs from lacquerware to wood carvings to jewelry.
3: The Strand Hotel: A walking tour of colonial architecture, before lunch at The Strand Hotel.
Learn about the rich culture and heritage of Myanmar through its colonial history.
Yangon boasts a wealth of grand architecture. Streets like Strand’s where the hotel has stood for a century are a delight to visit for their amazing contrasts.
My day in Yangon looked like this:
Where to Eat in Yangon
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