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Yangon is a major city or main entrance to enter Myanmar. It is one of the biggest business city as well as living people with various religions. The origins of Yangon has started in the year 1755 and it was founded by King Alaung Ba Yar and has given name as Yangon which means no enemies at all. About five million people are living in Yangon. Although the city is quite big, sightseeing on foot is possible around downtown area. There is a lot of department stores, gem centers, fast food and restaurants and convenience stores. Besides, Bogyoke Aung San market is one of the famous tourist attractions for souvenir among other markets. Indian and China towns are also interesting places to visit and crowded with many shops especially in the evening.
Shwedagone Pagoda, the high light of Myanmar also named Golden Pagoda, was built over 2500 years ago. The legend of the Shwedagon Pagoda begins with two merchant brothers who met the Buddha themselves. The Buddha gave them eight stand of his hair to be enshrined in Myanmar. It is a 98 meters (322 ft) gilded pagoda and sputa located on Singuttara Hill in Yangon. It is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda with relics of the past four Buddhas enshrined within, namely the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Konagamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa and eight hairs of Gautama, the historical Buddha. At the very top of the spire is the diamond orb - a hollow gold sphere studded with 4351 diamonds totaling 1800 carats. On the very tip rests a single, 76-carat diamond. There is more than 80 buildings and surrounded by 66 small pagodas. Shwedagon pagoda is always crowded with many people not only from Yangon but also from different regions.
Chauk Htet Kyi pagoda is the famous lying Buddha in Yangon having 17.7 meter high and 65.8 meter long. It was established on 1907 and it is bigger than the other lying Buddha located in Bago.
The sule pagoda is situated in the center of downtown Yangon. The Buddha’s hair relic was enshrined inside of this pagoda. According to legend, it was built before the Shwe Dagon Pagoda and the angel of this pagoda is older than other angels who are taking care of other pagodas.
The Botataung Pagoda literally "1000 military officers" is a famous pagoda located near the Yangon River. The pagoda was built around the same time as Shwedagon Pagoda. The height of pagoda is 40 meters long and hollow type that we can see sacred hair of Gautama Buddha. This pagoda was completely destroyed during Second World War II, and was rebuilt after the war.
National Museum was established on 1996 and it is located on Pyay Road, Yangon. The early history of this famous ancient Myanmar can be traced by enjoying the wide range collection of historical , ethnological and archaeological exhibits. Myanmar’s musical instruments, accessories of previous kings and royal families, cultural heritage of national races and paintings have been shown. It is closed on Monday, Tuesday and gazette holidays.
Bogyoke Aung San Market is the second choice for a tourist visiting Yangon, after the Shwedagon pagoda. The market holds attraction from tourists with its colorful architecture and inner cobblestone strects. Its colorful arrays of various items , such as paintings, handicrafts, tapestries , lacquer wares ,traditional costumer ,precious stones, jewelleries etc are worth a wonder, whether you’re buying or browsing. So shopping in Bogyoke Market can be exciting experience.
Kyauktan is located on the bank of Yangon River. The “Ye Lei” Pagoda (Pagoda on the island) is situated nearby Kyauktan. This pagoda was built by King Zeyasana, the seventh king of the Pada Dynasty in the third century BC. Visitors can feed shoal of river catfish. Visiting to Kyauktan takes one hour by car from Yangon. It is an interesting and recommended place to go should you have enough time.