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Yangon Vicinity - Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) Pagoda

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Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is also well known as the miracle Golden Rock. It is located in the Mon State, eastern Myanmar. Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda stands on a gold-gilded boulder precariously perched on the edge of a sloppy cliff. In Mon, Kyaikhtiyo means 'the pagoda carried on the hermitb.s headb.. The boulder itself was said to be floating miraculously up in the air, carrying the tiny pagoda with of holy Buddha relics in it. Over many centuries, it has descended bit by bit, and it is now intact with the cliff. However, being intact only for about 1 square meter, this still is a miracle that this golden rock has survived many earthquakes and storms for over 2400 years. Regular coaches reach only Kinpun Base Camp at the foot of the hills. Special trucks driven by well-trained drivers can now drive you up to Mt. Yathae, from which visitors trek uphill for about 45 minutes. Porters and palanquins are available to carry luggages and pilgrims who are too old or too weak.

It is a myth and a popular belief that one will gain more wealth, better health and luck every time he or she visits the miracle pagoda. Best season to visit Golden Rock is from October to March. Candle Light Festival is annually held in December.

Yangon Vicinity - Thanlyin (Syriam)

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Thanlyin formerly known as Syriam is just across the river, spanned by one of the longest bridges in Myanmar. Half-an-hour drive by car or train, this colonial town was built by the British for its port and petroleum refinery plant. The tombs of 2 famous Myanmar poets laureate of 16th century, an 18th century Portuguese Church, and a century-old Sacred Heart Church are there. Kyaik Kauk Pagoda: It is built on a hillock on the road to Kyauk Tan. It is an imposing golden stupa similar to the Shwe Dagon pagoda. Yaylel Pagoda means the pagoda in the middle of water. The pagoda complex comprises several buildings including a monastery. Pilgrims and visitors are ferried across to the pagoda. One can feed shoals of long river catfish, which surface to snatch tit-bits of food thrown at them.

Yangon Vicinity - Bago

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The historical town of Bago, situated about 75 kilometers northeast of Yangon, was founded in 573 by two Mon princes and soon developed into the capital of the most important realm of the Mon people. Shwemawdaw Pagoda - - Its height of 373 feet is taller than the famous Whwedagon Pagoda. Shwethalyaung Buddha is a famous reclining image of a huge Buddha, 180 feet in length and 52.5 feet in height. It was "lost" for many years as it was covered with earth in the scrub jungle, until an Indian contractor dug the place. The image was restored in 1881. It is also known as "the golden reclining image" Kanbawza Thadi Palace was built by King Bayinnaung, the founder of the second Myanmar Empire. According to the drawing record made by a minister "Letwe Nawrahta" there was totally 76 apartments and halls. the replica of the palace was reconstructed in 1990 and finished in 1992.

Yangon Vicinity -Naypyitaw

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Nay Pyi Taw is the administrative capital of the Union of Myanmar. Centrally located, it is 391 km from Yangon and 302 km from Mandalay, being easily accessible from all parts of the Union.

Nay Pyi Taw Airport is about 30 minutes from Nay Pyi Taw. All domestic carriers operate daily flights from Nay Pyi Taw to the commercial capital, Yangon, and the cultural capital Mandalay. Nay Pyi Taw Station is on the main Yangon-Mandalay rail line. It takes nine hours by train to get from Yangon to Naypyidaw. Nay Pyi Taw Airport, located 10 miles southeast of the city, is served by all domestic airlines. A new highway from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw has been opened recently and now the travelling time from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw is only about 5 hours drive.

Interesting Places are Uppatasanti Pagoda, Water Fountain Garden with a steel structure arch-way, Zoological Garden, Gem Museum and National Land Marks Garden.

Zoological Garden is the rare and endangered wildlife are being shown at the booths including icy land inhabitant penguins and white tigers and the visitors have an opportunity to observe the rare wildlife at the gardens which they could watch only in the movies.

Gem Museum is the large area of upstairs museum decorated with large wall glasses and beautiful and wonderful decorations in modern designs and precious jewels such as ruby and sapphire. quality jade lots and the largest pearl in Myanmar are put on display. Normally. it opens from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm except Monday and Government holidays.

The National Land Marks Garden is the booths at the Garden reflect the cultural heritage of the national people and foster the Union Sprit. Moreover. the garden proves the long time existence of the Union. The National Land Marks Garden depicting the replicas of the famous Pagodas. Stupas. Caves. River Crossing Bridges. Mountains. Lakes. Water Falls. Beaches. and Islands in States and Divisions in Myanmar.

Yangon Vicinity – Taungoo (Kaytumadi City)

Taungoo is Located 175 miles from Yangon and is the only place for the tourists where you can get good accommodation on Yangon-Mandalay road. It is one of the main gateways to Bago Yoma and its teak forests and is worth exploring. It derives much of its importance these days from the timber trade and the teak forests on which its economy depends visibly seen on the mountain ranges lying to the east and west of the town beckon visitor. Even its ancient empire has long since crumbled; Taungoo remains an important pilgrimage site for Buddhist devotees who flock regularly to Shwesandaw pagoda.

Let’s introduce one palace wishing to visit Elephant camp call "Thargara", one night stay in Taungoo is recommended. It is situated in the fascinating Bago Yoma, which means Bago mountain ranges. It is the home of the best teak, and the topography of Bago Yoma is a place of genuine beauty. It can be reached by car from Taungoo, 7/8 hours drive from Yangon. You can explore the scenic beauty of Bago Yoma by taking a walking tour in the villages.

Yangon Vicinity - Pyay (Prome)

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Pyay is an important commercial center for the trade between the Ayeyarwaddy Delta, but it is only about 6 hours drive from Yangon. The famous Shwesandaw Pagoda is well known in Pyay. Also the Srikeshtra, ancient Pyu capital can be visited. It is about 5 miles to the east of the city.

Yangon Vicinity – Mawlamyine (Moulmein)

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Mawlamyine is the capital of the Mon State in the Union of Myanmar. It is also the third largest city in the country. It has a population of about 240.000. Mawlamyine is an ancient Mon town. Mawlamyine is now being transformed into a modern city with many new public and private buildings coming up. Only the old pagodas on the Mawlamyine Ridge remind us of her ancient origins.

Mawlamyine can be reached by road, rail or plane. As Myanmar Airways flies to Mawlamyine only on Thursdays and Sundays. it is more convenient to go by car. bus or railway. It is a pleasant half an hour's river crossing by passenger or car ferry from Mottama to Mawlamyine. The ferry goes in a southeast direction across the wide expanse of the Than Lwin River near its mouth. As you cross. you can see Bilu Gyun (Ogre Island) in the west. Mawlamyine have three famous pagodas adorn the Mawlamyine Ridge. There are Kyaik Than Lan Pagoda, Mahamuni Paoda and U Zina Pagoda. And also is any far out of Mawlamyine downtown existing the famous of Kyaikmayaw Pagoda, Kyaikkhami Pagoda and one of the beach is Set-Sane are liked to visit the local destination.

Kyaik-than-lan was the pagoda that the famous English poet Rudyard Kipling wrote about in his poem "Mandalay" which opens with the line: By the old Moulmein Pagoda. lookin lazy at the sea".

Mahamuni Pagoda is a replica of the Maha Muni Image at Mandalay. It is the great image made in Mandalay was brought to Naga-with a Hill on the Mawlamyine Ridge where a large building a Gandakudi Taik. was erected to house it. The nearby monastery named after its donor. the Seindon Mibaya kyaung has some excellent wood-carvings which are over a hundred years old. Click to see the map of this destination.

U Zina Pagoda is a reclining Buddha Image. Visitors should also see the four life-like figures. a decrepit old man leaning on a staff. a man suffering from a loathsome disease. a putrid corpse and finally a monk in yellow robes free from all worldly cares. These four figures represent the four signs that made Lord Buddha leave the palace for the life of a religious recluse.

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