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Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar, a city that radiates with a charming mixture of modern and colonialist-era ambiance.
Nicknamed “The Garden City of the East,” Yangon is known for its lush parks and vibrant lakes.
Yangon has much to offer to travelers of all ages, and is slowly becoming a well-known international tourist destination.
A CITY WITH A RICH HISTORY
Yangon has a very interesting history that is believed to have started more than 2000 years ago. Rumor has it that Yangon was built on the site of the ancient Mon city of Dagon, right next to the Yangon River. Evidence of Yangon’s rich history can be seen all through the astounding beauty of the local architecture, and the layout of historical sites.
Myanmar’s main domestic and international hub for air, rail and ground transportation is located in Yangon. Since Yangon is the main center for transportation, the majority of the industrial and commercial economic sectors are located there as well. This makes Yangon the most convenient location for incoming travelers to experience the bustling urban culture of the city, as soon as they enter the country.
Museums within Yangon proudly display relics from the ancient kingdoms, and they strive to share their knowledge of Yangon’s transition from an ancient metropolis, to the modern state it is at today.
The majority of the Myanmar population is Buddhist, so it should be no surprise that many of the historical sites are related to Buddhism. One of the biggest attractions in Yangon is the Shwedagon Pagoda that towers with dominance and beauty. There are over 80,000 pieces of jewelry dotting the Pagoda and the surrounding shrines.
But Shwedagon is far from the only ornate site in Yangon. The city also offers other well-known beautiful sites including, Botataung, Sule and Chaukhtatgyi, just to name a few.
Yangon also offers an exquisite nightlife, full of discos, clubs and pubs, where you can meet other travelers, teachers, and locals.
Yangon is also home to some of the best sporting facilities in the country. If you feel like getting an eyeful of one of the local matches, find an evening game, and a team to root for, in one of the various local events, such as volleyball, tennis, swimming or football.
Yangon is truly an emerging city with an ancient background and a new modern feel. The city has a lot to offer, and it’s a great place to travel abroad.
Many of the historical sites are related to Buddhism, as the majority of the Myanmar population is Buddhist. One of the bigger attractions is the Shwedagon Pagoda that towers with dominance and beauty. There are over 80,000 pieces of jewelry dotting the Pagoda and shrines in dedication to Buddha scattered around the base. Other pagodas include those of Botataung, Sule and Chaukhtatgyi that are just as well known as the Shwedagon. The sights of these temples could easily leave you in shock and awe during your stay.
There are many forms of entertainment for any traveler or local as Yangon also offers an exquisite nightlife of discos, clubs and pubs. Each place is a gem of their own that could potentially offer more than just local beer and music but karaoke or traditional dance performances.
If you are looking for a laid back evening, Yangon is home of some of the best sporting facilities in the country, allowing you to root for a team in various events such as volleyball, tennis, swimming or football.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE THE YANGON ZOO OR THE STREET MARKETS SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE CITY
Yangon also has very affordable and pristine golf courses, where the best one hosts the annual Myanmar Open Golf Tournament that would showcase the exceptional skills of all locals and foreigners alike. After a round of golf you can relax those muscles at one of the many spas located in the resorts.
Other attractions include the Yangon Zoo or the street markets scattered throughout the city. Those markets can provide an exhilarating chance to test out your bargaining skills. The biggest market, Bagyoke Aung San Market, is held in a classic colonial building that can house up to 1,641 shops containing numerous treasures.
If markets are not for you then you have the option to browse the upscale brand-name stores offered in the Blazon Shopping Centre.
Yangon has numerous attractions for all ages that can offer you full days of entertainment and relaxation.
With the growing expansion of tourism the main hub of trade and retail industries will continually grow to draw in more foreigners interested in a culture full of welcoming locals.
The charm and beauty of Yangon is incredibly unique to the country presenting an extraordinary opportunity to explore and witness it for yourself.
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