Attractive Sites In YANGON

shwedagon-pagodaA metropolitan city like Yangon is famous for its beauty and history. The city was chosen by King Alaung Paya as the administrative capital of Lower Burma and named it Yangon, meaning “the end of strife." (“Rangoon” is an English transliteration of this name. In 1989 the city got back its former name officially.

Famous sites from Yangon ranges from well-known religious places to sporting places. The most significant tourist site in Yangon is Shwedagon Pagoda. It was said that the relics of four Buddhas were shrined in this pagoda. The pagoda is situated on the Theingoatetara hill. It was built in ........ and it is a famous site not only for locals but also for foreigners. The scenery from pagoda is breathtaking.

However, there are many appealing sites in Yangon which are not very famous but interesting enough to draw attentions. For example, Ar Lain Nga Sint Pagoda meaning five-floored tower situated in Insein township and twenty five-minute drive from Yangon's downtown area is distingusihed from other one because of its Byzantine architecure. It is said that the abbot who built the pagoda saw the plan for it in his dream. The buildings in the compound includes tall spires and a room with doom-shaped roof housing a green painted Buddha is quite different too. Additionally the corpse of the abbot coated with gold was put into a glass casket and shown to public.

yangon02Botahtaung Pagoda is one of the most famous Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Yangon, known for its excellent location and its long history. Situated on the bank of the Yangon River in the city’s downtown area, the pagoda is always crowded with visitors coming to paying homage to the Buddha as well as those attracted by the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront. Viewed from the upper floors of the high-rise FJV Commercial Centre across from the pagoda on Strand Road, Botahtaung shines bright and spectacular against the river and the greenery of the far shore.

One of the pleasant quirks of Myanmar is that animist spirits happily coexist with Buddhism. Nat worship dates back to before the flourishing of Theravāda Buddhism in Myanmar in the 11th century. Many people throughout the country continue offer food and drink to the spirits to help them in their day-to- day affairs, such as finding jobs, passing exams, starting successful businesses or having healthy babies. Nats are imporatnat part of Myanmar culture and their influence on everyday life can be seen at Shwe Nyaung Bin (literally , the golden banyan), just south of Taukkyant junction on Pyay road.

SHWE NYAUNG BIN NAT SHRINE

AT a small shrine about 30 kilometres north of Yangon along the road to Bago, a man ties a bundle of thapyé (sprigs from a eugenia plant) and roses onto the front grill of a car. He then sprinkles thanakha-scented water onto the bonnet as the car owner drives forwards and backwards three times. The ritual ends with the driver making a donation to the shrine and praying for a safe journey. When he pulls out of the parking lot and heads off for his destination, the next car in line pulls up and the entire sequence of events is repeated. This is a typical scene at the Shwe Nyaung Bin Nat Shrine, so called because of the huge banyan tree (nyaung-bin) that shades the shrine and provides visitors with a sense of serenity. People who are about to set out on long trips or who have just bought new cars come from miles around to have their vehicles blessed by nats (powerful spirits) to protect them from accidents and mechanical breakdowns. The man who presides over the ceremony is called the nat htein. The plants that he ties to the front grill are said to bring good fortune to the driver, while the scented water, having been offered to the nats, is considered to be blessed. For thouse who would like to have a look at religious sites other than Buddhist pagodas and temples, Yangon have different things to offer. Being a colonial country in the past, Yangon can offer other less-known religious site of significance.

CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY TRINITY

The Holy Trinity Cathedral was founded in 1886 by the Viceroy of India, Lord Dufferin. It took nine years for the building to be completed. The architect was Mr. F. R Chisholm F.R.I.B.A. a government architect from Madras, India. The first service was held in 1894. After the reoccupation of Yangon by the British forces after the Second World War, the Cathedral was repaired by engineering units of the British Twelfth Army. The Chapel is now dedicated to the memory of the 14th and 12th Armies that fought in the Myanmar Campaign during Second World War. The regimental crests of most of the units are displayed on the walls of the Chapel. Saint Mary's Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral located in Botahtaung Township, Yangon, Myanmar. The cathedral is the largest in size in Myanmar. Construction began in 1895 and was completed 19 November 1899 under a land grant from the Government of India, whilst Lower Myanmar was a province of British India. The cathedral's exterior consists of red bricks, spires and a bell tower. It was designed by Dutch architect Jos Cuypers, son of Pierre Cuypers.

THUWUNNA SKATE ZONE

This collection of weathered concrete bowls and half-pipes, supplemented by plywood ramps and matel rails made from cast-off materials, is a great place to observe local youths pursuing their obession. The place is called Thuwunna Skate Zone and it is situatted in Thingangyun township. On any given weekday it is possible to see up to a dozen or so Yangon skated punks pulling ollies, railslides and kickflips on skaeboards imported from China and Japan. It is the ultimate in do- it-yourself youth and subculture. Skaters can usually be found at the Skate Zone after 4pm Monday through Friday. On weekends they move on to Hmyaw Sin Island in Kandawgyi park for street-style skating.

CROCODILE MUSEUM

This crocodile museum is situated in Thaketa township and it is a place where one can see lots of crocodile living naturally. The intention of this place is getting the skin of them. So here, one can see a little crocodile to the grown up one. For those who like excitement, there is a stall selling food for crocodile and they can feed them. If you hold the food high in the air, crocodile would jump and grab it and all you have to do it let it down immediately when you see it coming. Even though it is impossible for them to get to you, it is wise to let it fall quick.

After a busy day walking around Yangon what better than to kick-back and relax on a late afternoon river cruise. One can either pick out a comfy chair, order a refreshing drink and enjoy the sinset over Yangon in style or he can take the ferry from Pansoedan jetty to get to Dahla and observe the life of locals. The first cruise offer by local company includes food and drink and cost about $10 each for a group of five or more whereas the latter one would charge K10 for the locals and $1 for the foreigners offering nothing but can rent a plastic stool on the deck. The scenery from both cruises is amazing with seagulls flying by and the moving waves.

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