Rangoon and its pagodas: the places not to be missed in Burma

Published on : 18 December 20204 min reading time
Rangoon, known in Spanish as Rangún, is one of the most visited places in Burma. Former capital of the country, the city presents a clear fusion between English colonial architecture and Burmese, Chinese and Indian traditions.

Yangon

Yangon has many interesting places to visit. For example, Shwedagon, a religious complex located on the west shore of Lake Royal. Shwedagon Paya, the stupa and the most important of the whole city. It is 100 m high and is covered with a bath of shining gold. It is the holiest pagoda for all Buddhists in this country and it contains some relics of Buddha, such as a piece of cloth and eight hairs of Siddhartha Guatama. In fact, when you go to visit this place, you have to take off your shoes and prayers are done by going around it counter-clockwise. Sule Pagoda is another important pagoda in the city. It is distinguished from the rest by its orthogonal shape which is transmitted to the dome.

The Chaukhtatgyi pagoda

Chaukhtatgyi pagoda is another must-see place in Rangoon. It is a large pagoda of six storeys high inside of which you will find the reclining Giant Buddha, being this image one of the largest in all Burma. It is also worth mentioning that around this pagoda you will find interesting monasteries with a community of more than 600 monks.

The Botahtaung pagoda

Hollow inside like a small labyrinth through which one can walk and observe glass cases with ancient relics. The Kaba Aye pagoda, dedicated to world peace, the Mai-Lamu pagoda, in a satellite city 20 minutes by car with giant images representing Buddha’s past lives or the Mahavijaya pagoda, with a wrought iron image of Buddha. Also worth mentioning is the Mahana Guha, or what is the same, the large cave. It is an artificial cave built close to the Kaba Aye pagoda. A place that served as a meeting place for the sixth synod of Buddhism.

The National Museum of Burma

The museum has, among other things, the fawn throne of King Thibaw, the last king of Myanmar, as well as other objects from ancient times, such as musical instruments and paintings. You can enjoy a family visit to the zoo, with a wide variety of wild, indigenous animals and a large sample of the country’s flora. On weekends there are snake dances and an elephant circus.

It is also interesting to relax in Bogyoke Aung San Park, a beautiful place overlooking Lake Kandawgy. It is a popular recreation center that is very busy. Close to Shwedagon, on a hill with a breathtaking view of the city, you will find the Mausoleum of the Martyrs, a memorial to Bogyoke AungSan and the members of the Allied cabinet, who were killed next to him.

With regard to the hotel industry

This city offers a wide range of quality housing. For example, you can highlight the Belmond Governor Residence Hotel, a large 5-star hotel located near the Shwedagon Pagoda. The hotel has several green areas and luxury rooms. Specifically 49, built in the center of an impressive lotus garden. They have air conditioning, full bathroom with bathtub, safe, minibar, refrigerator, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and satellite TV, among others. The hotel also has a garage, bar, massage service, heated restaurant, swimming pool and solarium, among others.

You can also highlight the Traders Hotel, a 5-star hotel located in the city center, close to Sule Pagoda and Scott Market. It has 403 rooms equipped with air conditioning, full bathroom with shower or bath, TV with pay-per-view movies, hair dryer, minibar, coffee maker, safe and telephone, among others. The establishment also has a bar, cafeteria, garage, gym, massage service, hairdresser, outdoor swimming pool, heated restaurant, solarium and stores, among others.

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