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with tigerholidays, you could visit the shwedagon pagoda in yangon

The Shwedagon Pagoda is the most important religious center in Myanmar, and a sacred pilgrimage place for Buddhist from all over the world. It’s a 99-meter tall structure gilded in gold – quite impossible to miss when you’re in Yangon, and impossible to forget after you’ve seen it.

With Tiger Holidays, you could be in Yangon as soon as you’d like, and not just for the Shwedagon Pagoda, either. Yangon is one of the hottest destinations in Asia right now. After many years of being ruled by a tight fist, Yangon enjoys a period of well-deserved freedom. Ever since it’s no longer the capital of the state, it has discovered the joy of nightlife, clubs, pubs, and restaurants.

Must-See Attractions in Yangon

  • The city of Yangon. Just walk around –or take the town’s fabled circular train and jump off at any station. The city is busting with new life and prosperous businesses. At the same time, its architecture is mainly colonial, with a few odd skyscrapers thrown in for good measure (which are mostly deserted). It’s a bit like a postcard from the past that’s suddenly inundated by modern life.
  • Sule Paya, according to the local legend, was build over 2,000 years ago, around a strand of Buddha’s hair. Now it’s a strange stupa right in the middle of the city – there’s no way to miss it, all roads lead to it sooner or later.
  • Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha is a most impressive 65-meter long Buddha image. Definitely worth visiting, at the very least for the charming and serene atmosphere surrounding it. You’ll notice families who come to have their lunch here, people chatting, relaxing – it’s like the statue has created a shield of serenity.
  • Bogyoke Aung San Market is really huge, so set a couple of hours aside to explore it, at least – more if you’re interested in making some purchases. The vendors can be a bit aggressive, and you should be prepared to haggle – but it’s a favorite shopping place for people looking for gold jewelry and gems – of which Myanmar is a traditional producer, at very low prices.

Is It Yangon or Rangoon?

The government has decided to make a clean break from the past, by changing the city name from Rangoon to Yangon, and, at the same time, by relocating the capital to Naypyidaw. Many foreign states continue using Rangoon, not just because it’s well known, but as a sign that they do not recognize the legitimacy of the local government. Freedom fighters such as Aung San Suu Kyi have also asked to keep the name Rangoon.

One thing everybody in Myanmar hates, though, is to be told by foreigners how to live their lives. So, if you’re traveling to Yangon, be courteous to the locals and don’t take any sides in this dispute unless you’re discussing it with close friends.

With Tiger Holidays, you can find out more and form your own well-documented opinion on the situation of Yangon. Get your tickets now, before a fascinating piece of history vanishes forever.