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Yangon is Myanmar’s largest city and commercial hub, and the country’s most exciting place to be. This vibrant Asian metropolis is vastly developing into an urban centre and is changing day by day with more modern appeal, an immense art scene and a whole host of new bars, shops, restaurants and leisure attractions. Despite its significant development, Yangon retains its cultural heritage with a series of preserved traditional teahouses, British colonial buildings and ancient Buddhist temples, as well as warm hospitable locals who keep up their traditions. Yangon is the historical heart of Myanmar which became of much importance in the late 19th century, when the Burmese independence movement resulted in the country separating from the British Empire. Brightsun Travel offers cheap tickets to Yangon, taking you to the heart of this charming historic city.
Yangon is renowned for its glistening temples and stupas which make for great sightseeing and photo opportunities. The most sacred site in the city is the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda, which is set atop Singuttara Hill. This ancient temple complex is over 2000 years old, gold plated and intricately decorated with diamonds, rubies and other precious stones, and also contains strands of Lord Buddha’s hair. Another impressive structure is the Chaukhtatgyi Paya, a 65m long reclining Buddha stupa. This intricate statue wears a golden robe and is decorated with glass eyes, precious stones and red and gold images on the soles of its feet which reflect the auspicious characteristics of Lord Buddha. Then there’s the impressive gold and white Swal Taw Myat Pagoda, which contains a sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. This is a must visit!
There are plenty of other fantastic attractions and sites in Yangon that are worth exploring. The National Museum of Myanmar is a popular tourist spot, showcasing an impressive collection of historic artifacts, memorabilia, artworks, Buddha images, and calligraphy. Another site worth visiting is the Taukkyan War Cemetery, which is a memorial for the Allied soldiers who lost their lives during World War I and II. After exploring Yangon’s top tourist attractions, you could retreat to one of the city’s lush open spaces for some relaxation. Kandawgyi Lake is an ideal little spot, surrounded by a tree-filled nature park with picnic areas, and featuring breath-taking sunsets when the Shwedagon Pagoda reflects on the lake’s waters. Book direct flights to Yangon from India with Brightsun now and look forward to an unforgettable getaway in this unique city.