Yagnon , Myanmar ( Burma )
1 . SunsetsIt is worthy to enjoy sunset from somewhere in town after your sightseeing of the day has over. The best place to enjoy beautiful sunset in Yangon is at Shwedagon pagoda. The whole towering golden image shine and glittering is awesome. In the sky environ filled with birds ( crows, sparrow, doves, etc ) chattering & tweeting as flying in flocks to their nest by end of the evening.
2. Shwedagon Pagoda
Your visit in Yangon is incomplete without spotting Shwedagon pagoda ! Having history dated back 2500 years ago with mythical and background, the pagoda is holiest Buddhist shrine for all believers. The attire covering shoulder & knees is a must while the visit and only bare foot walk is allowed on stairways and platform.
The great Schwedagon Pagoda stands on a platform covering over 5 hectares on a hill 58m above sea level. Approach to pagoda’s platform in four covered walkways Both the Southern and Northern entrances have the choice of an elevator or stairs; the Western entrance has escalators instead of stairs and is the only entrance without vendors. The Eastern stairway has the most authentic ambience, as it passes monasteries and vendors selling monastic necessities.
3. ExoticYangon isn’t like other large cities in South East Asia. It is impressive & lively. Bustling city centre is always busy day & night. Modern skyscrapers , hotels , old colonial mansions , parks , jetty , varieties of road side stalls , different religious places like Pagodas , Mosque, Hindu temple and synagogue located within near distance are of its specialities.
4. Traditional clothingBasic fashion trend of traditional costume has not changed over several decades though modern styles flourished everywhere. Men and women, old or young adult, city dwellers or villagers love to wear traditional longyi (sarong) in most of daily occasions.
5. SidewalksMorning walking tour or leisurely walk around some spots passing local quarters , road side vendors. Be sure on pavement and always watch out for holes in cracked cements.
7. Inya Lake
8. BetelWalk down any lane in Yangon or Mandalay or anywhere, streets and building walls dirty in stained some red blotches, you wonder what! Who chew betel quid does not intend to swallow, so often carry plastic bag or empty bottle or just spit it off. Heavy users of betel quid reveal their addiction when they smile. Their teeth are stained a reddish-black dyed from years of chewing betel quid. Thousands of one-man betel nut stalls are dotted throughout Yangon
9. Umbrellas in the parkParks are retreat for most of Yangonites. Kandawgyi park, Inya Park and Mahabandoola parks are top choices. Young couples romancing behind open own umbrella in the parks is not an odd scene. Kissing & canoodling in public is not a proper manner according to tradition.
Crowded Yangon roads are mostly occupied by taxis. Widely used imported second hand Japan automobile. To flag a taxi, just make any hand gesticulation, and it will pull up to you. It has no meter , the cost fairly enough from US$2 to US$ 5. Don’t forget to bargain a little anyway!
12. Wearing a longyi
Too many cars are on the streets. The number of cars keeps increasing. Traffic is bumper to bumper. During rush hours , moving at a snail's pace.. Yangon looks like as one of most tight-traffic cities in Asia. New overhead bridges at important junctions could not ease the problem most of the time. So, always expect to be clogged somewhere! When need to go to airport / station in time take enough time counting for traffic !
14. Scott Market
For shopaholics, ‘Scott market / Bogyoke Market’ is the only place in Yangon to get everything from all over the country , from antiques to modern. Name shortened as ‘Bogyoke Market’ is originally called as Scott Market and later changed as ‘Bogyoke Aung San market’. It’s a pleasant place to wander around and soak up the atmosphere.
15. BusesYangon public buses are essential mood of transport for daily life of basic people even though not comfortable with old seats and open window. Most are crowded in rush hours and stuck in long traffic. A few of new BRT buses also run for limited seat and higher fare as in better alternative. Pyay road and Insein road are always busy with colorful buses and cars.
16. A botanical delightYou can see Yangon as green city and everywhere is very lush with huge resource of tropical plants and trees. Apartments and flats has no spare space land but people love to keep a few flower pots along narrow verandah. At some places, house compound bounded by fence bushes rather than brick wall.
Have you visited Yangon? What do you think of the city?
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