While writing about Yangon it is necessary to mention its greatest monuments – temples.
Temple of Shwedagon Paya, actually a temple complex, was built in the northern part of the city on the hill Singuttara (58m asl) between the VI and X century by the Mon people. Since then, mainly due to strong earthquakes has been repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt. Its present shape was made in 1769.
Another extremely important temple located in the center of Yangon is Sule Paya. Since the temple was rebuilt many times, and even completely rebuilt, exactly no one can tell when it was established, but it is estimated that it has approximately 2000 years. The main stupa is 46 meters high and is called the “Kyaik Athok” which literally means “the stupa where the holy relic of the hair is.”
This temple has a completely different atmosphere than the Shwedagon, it seems less spiritual. Perhaps because of the traffic around the temple. In the immediate vicinity of Sule Paya there is a Catholic church, and a mosque next to it. This is a proof that different faiths people can live close together in harmony and peace. At this point, you should also know that in Yangon there is also a synagogue named after Musmeah Yeshua.
To know the innermost recesses of the so-called. “Down town” it is best to rent a rickshaw and count on driver’s ideas. Right here is concentrated the largest number of buildings from the late nineteenth century in the whole of Southeast Asia. In 1996, the Committee of Urban Development announced the List of the Town’s Heritage, which includes many colonial buildings so that they can not be renewed, altered or even more demolished without proper permission from the authorities.
When in Yangon you should not miss visiting the family home of Aung San Suu Kyi. However, do not confuse this house with the house itself Nobel Prize winner, which is located at 54 University Avenue, and which should also be on your list of places to see. Aung San’s family moved out of the first house after the death of Aung San Lin
Kandawgyi Lake Park
Wanting a moment to relax from the hustle and heat it’s worth to go to one of the parks. The biggest of them is the Kandawgyi Lake Park located on East from Shwedagon Paya. The name of the park can be literally translated as “Great Lake Royal”. The complex is the oldest and second-largest Burmese Zoological Garden. Here you can not only admire the animals, but also to visit the museum of natural history and have fun at the amusement park.
It is worth saying that in the zoo live up to 145 species of terrestrial animals, and throughout the park grows more than 300 species of various plants. Due to the number of plants, it’s also worth to go to the Humans’ Park (People’s Park), which grows up to 3000 trees of 72 species and up to 17,000 herbaceous flowering plants! The place where young Burmese meet with friends is Inya lake. If anyone will have more free time, should take a walk to the National Park Hlawaga, located 35km on North from Yangon. In the park live 21 species of mammals, 145 species of birds and 8 species of reptiles.
Yangon is a cultural and civilizational mix. Different nationalities, ethnic groups, religions, chaos and poverty with the rearrangement of riches meet together in one place. And I think that’s what gives this city such charm and makes you want to come back there.
See the luxurious hotel we have stayed in during our trip: International 4 star hotel in Yangon