The garden city of the east

This low-rise downtown consists of leafy avenues and quite a lot of colonial architecture, and makes for a small town feel despite a population of about six million.

From almost anywhere you are in Yangon, you will see the great gilded dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda hovering over you protectively, and a visit will introduce you not only to one of the Asia’s great religious sites, but to the daily life of the Burmese people, who come often to make their devotions, but also to spend time with friends, or sit in quiet contemplation.

Kipling called it a “golden mystery”, and it is indeed capable of casting a spell on all who visit.

Shwedagon Paya

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Shwedagon Paya

Shwedagon Paya

According to local legend, Shwedagon Paya’s location high atop Yangon on Singuttara Hill has been sacred since the beginning of time. The single most sacred Buddhist site in all of Myanmar, this eclectic pagoda is a fascinating cultural site that should be at the top of any itinerary.

Circular Train

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Circular Train

Circular Train

For about $1, hop aboard the Yangon circular route to see a diverse cross section of life in the city. The trip takes about three hours to complete and includes stops at 39 stations along nearly 30 miles of track.

Ancient Temples of Bagan Overnight

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Ancient Temples of Bagan Overnight

Ancient Temples of Bagan Overnight

Visit Shwezigon Pagoda, with its golden mass giving an air of weight and stability. Enjoy the wall paintings at the 13th century Gubyaukgyi Temple and explore Ananda Temple representing the endless wisdom of the Buddha. Lunch awaits at the Bagan Viewing Tower before a visit to the Archaeological Museum and overnight at Aureum Palace Hotel.

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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) At a glance

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GPS: 16°48'0"N 96°9'0"E
Size: 598.80 KM2 (231.20 MI2)
Population: 4,600,000
Density: 7,682 Pop/KM2 (2,966 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +95

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