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Burma’s former capital is a fabulous introduction to the country, where the golden Shwedagon Pagoda dominates the city’s skyline and glitters in the night. Experience the many sides of Yangon’s heart and soul: sacred temples, symbolic Buddhist ritual and its impressive colonial architecture. Then a slow, circular train takes you out of the town for a close-up look at typical Burmese life. Take the chance to walk around and soak up the atmosphere.
Yangon, (formerly known as Rangoon) is the largest city in Myanmar (formerly Burma). A mix of British colonial architecture, modern high-rises and gilded Buddhist pagodas define its skyline. Its famed Shwedagon Paya, a huge, shimmering pagoda complex, draws thousands of pilgrims annually. The city’s other notable religious sites include the Botataung and Sule pagodas, both housing Buddhist relics.
Arrive at Yangon international airport, you will be greeted by your guide who will accompany you and transfer to the hotel. Yangon has been the capital of Myanmar since the British transformed it into their administrative center of future India. It’s impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes. Yangon one of the most fascinating capital of South East Asia. Myanmar’s former capital and largest city, Yangon, still bewitches with an impressive array of ancient cultural and historic gems. This includes magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist sites and a pivotal force in Yangon daily life. Shwedagon contains a 99m (325ft)-high golden stupa and spires, adorned with 7,000 diamonds, sapphires and rubies and allegedly, hairs belonging to the Gautama Buddha. During our evening visit, we join the throng of pilgrims at a special oil lamp lighting ceremony, an ancient and highly symbolic Buddhist ritual. Observe red-robed monks chant ancient Pali scriptures as more than a thousand oil lamps are lit around the gilded pagoda. Our guide explains the meaning behind the chants, helping you understand the ritual. A truly awe-inspiring spiritual experience. Overnight in Yangon.
After breakfast hotel, we take-in some of Yangon’s fascinating attractions with the first visit to Sule Pagoda, a 2,000-year-old golden temple and stroll through streets lined with faded colonial-era architecture, making a stop at the 1908-built Central Post Office. Continue to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, containing one of Myanmar’s most revered reclining Buddha – and at 70m (230ft)-long, one of the country’s largest. We tour the National Museum, one of Myanmar’s most important museums for Burmese art, history and culture. Founded in 1952, the five-storey cavernous museum exhibits an extensive collection of ancient artefacts, art works and historic memorabilia. The jewel-encrusted Lion Throne, which belonged to Myanmar’s last King, is a highlight. Spend time at Bogyoke Market, or ‘Scott Market,’ built in the 1920s under British rule. Contained within a heritage-listed building, this sprawling bazaar is crammed with over 2,000 stalls. Yangon has a number of British colonial building including City Hall, Baptist Church, General Post, Custom House and Strand Hotels, all these sites are marked on your walking route toward Pansodan street and return to hotel. Overnight in Yangon.
This morning before taking train, you will visit to deaf school transfer to Yangon Railways station to take a unique ride on the city’s circular train ride through the outskirts of town (45 minutes ride). This slowly traveling train gives you unique opportunity to observe the lively, colorful lifestyle of the local people. Disembark at the Insein market where you can peruse the various stalls and interact with the friendly vendors before transferring back to Yangon. In the afternoon, visit Kaba Aye pagoda dedicated to the peace in the World and the Maha Pasuna cave where the sixth Buddhist synod took place in 1952. Visit nearby a traditional jewelry and gemstones workshop to observe the cut and polishing of Myanmar most precious stones including the famous pigeon-blood rubies. And then, we will have a great chance to get some great deals in Bogyoke Aung San Market (aka Scott Market in some Myanmar tours). (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays). Overnight in Yangon.
Morning, free at leisure until transfer to airport for departure flight.
Tour ends here with some of the best memories of your life.
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