Yangon 's Environs

What to See
Shwedagon Pagoda
It is the landmark of the country, towering about 100meters (326ft) above the ground . The monument itself is famous for its wonderful architectural design. One of the wonders of the world, it was believed to have been built over 2500 years ago where the four Buddhas’ relics were enshrined. Successive kings had embellished the Pagoda during the 15th century and Queen Shin Saw Pu raised it to its present height.
There are a number of sites on the pagoda platform which will be of interest to visitors. A visit to Myanmar is incomplete without a visit to Shwedagon which is not only a historical site but also a renowned religious place of worship for the Buddhists.

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda
The Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is famous for its huge images of Reclining Buddha, built by Sir Po Tha in1907. But it was suffered damage due to climate and World War II over the years. In 1957 it was demolished and rebuilt to this structure in 1966. It measures 72 meters and is housed in an iron structure with corrugated iron sheets roof of six layers.There are over 50 monasteries surrounding it. Along the corridors of the pagoda are small shopping spots where one can see different items of interest.

Sule Pagoda
This pagoda is situated right in the heart of Yangon city near the town hall . One distinctive feature of the pagoda is its octagonal shape. The ancient Mon name is Kyaik Athoke. The pagoda, which measures 48ms in height, is believed to be enshrined with 2 hair relics of the Buddha.

Botataung Bagoda
It is also known as “ Sandawshin Kyaik-day-art” and was built by King Okkalapa. The pagoda was destroyed during the second world war and was rebuilt in a new structural form whereby the worshippers can enter the repository and pay homage to the enshrined relics which include the two strands of hair of the Buddha. It is situated near the bank of the Yangon River and is widely known as the one and only type of pagoda in Myanmar wherein the enshrined relics can be reached by the worshippers.

 

Kaba Aye Pagoda and Maha Pasana Cave
Kaba Aye Pagoda is known as “ The World Peace Pagoda”. It was built to commemorate the Sixth Buddhist Syond in 1954, which was held in Maha Pasana Guha (Cave) within the same compound.

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