The garden city of the east

Myanmar—more than any other Asian country—is in the midst of a massive transformation, and at the center is the former capital Yangon. A former British colonial capital, the streets of Yangon are lined with colonial period buildings. But the most impressive piece of architecture is hands down the Shwedagon Pagoda. The great gilded dome and turrets rise above the city like a crown, hovering protectively over every nook and cranny. Join the thousands of Buddhist pilgrims and curious tourists that flock to this impressive structure every day to admire its artistry up close.

To truly get a glimpse of the city, hop on the Circular Train. For less than $5 and three hours of your time, you can get a fascinating glimpse into daily life around Yangon. You’ll travel through urban neighborhoods and rural villages while locals go about their routines. Just beware of the bright-red stains on the sidewalk, especially if you choose to adapt to the local tradition of going barefoot. It’s the byproduct of another local tradition—chewing betel nut—which produces a bright red juice that folks spit on the sidewalk as they go about their day.

Shwedagon Paya

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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

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

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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Local Details:
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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