The 5 best places to visit in Yangon


Built at the end of the 20th century, funded using donations from Buddhists around the world is the Swe Taw Myat Pagoda, otherwise known as the Buddha Tooth Relic Pagoda. Constructed to enshrine a sacred Buddha tooth relic, believed to be one of the teeth of Guatama Buddha who died over 2,500 years ago, the pagoda today holds an ivory copy, with the original being held in China. Adorned with golden ornamentation, this beautiful building was modelled on the 11th century Ananda Pagoda in Bagan.

5. Swe Taw Myat Pagoda


Completed in 1974, on the eastern shore of the Kandawgyi Lake is the two storey Karaweik Palace, its design based on the Pyigyimon Royal Barge in Mandalay. Though relatively modern, this golden palace style restaurant has become one of the most instantly recognisable landmarks in the country. 

4. Karaweik Palace


Constructed in the late 19th century, the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple is famous for housing one of the largest and most revered reclining Buddha statues in Myanmar. Completed in the 1970's, replacing a much larger statue that had to be demolished, the wonderfully detailed and decorative statue measures 66 metres (217 ft) in length.

3. Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple


The Nga-htat-gyi ​Buddha Temple is a distinct five tiered pagoda that is famous for housing one of the most revered images of Buddha in Myanmar. Dating from the 16th century, sitting at 6 metres (20 ft) high the statue remains in stunning condition to this day.

2. Nga-htat-gyi Buddha Temple


The Schwedagon Pagoda, sometimes known as the Great Dagon Pagoda is one of the most famous sites in Myanmar. Believed to contain the relics of four previous Buddhas, it is also considered one of the most sacred Buddhist Pagodas in the country. According to legend the pagoda was constructed over 2,600 years ago, making it the oldest Buddhist stupa in the world, though historians and archaeologists date its construction between the 6th and 10th century AD. Standing at 99 metres (326 ft) tall, this magnificent ancient site remains one of the highlights of both Yangon and Myanmar.

1. Shwedagon Pagoda

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