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Shwedagon Pagoda


The Shwedagon Pagoda officially titled Shwedagon Zedi Daw , also known in English as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda, is a 98 metres (322 ft)[citation needed] gilded pagoda and stupa located in Yangon, Burma. The pagoda lies to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, on Singuttara Hill, thus dominating the skyline of the city. It is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese with relics of the past four Buddhas enshrined within, namely the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Ko??gamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa and eight hairs of Gautama, the historical Buddha.

According to legend, the Shwedagon Pagoda is 2500 years old. Archaeologists believe the stupa was actually built sometime between the 6th and 10th centuries by the Mon, but this is a very controversial issue because according to the records by Buddhist monks it was built before Lord Buddha died in 486 BC. The legend of Shwedagon Pagoda begins with two merchant brothers, Taphussa and Bhallika, from the land of Ramanya, meeting the Lord Gautama Buddha and receiving eight of the Buddha’s hairs to be enshrined in Burma. The two brothers made their way to Burma and with the help of the local king, King Okkalapa, found Singuttara Hill, where relics of other Buddhas preceding Gautama Buddha had been enshrined.

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Ancient City Bagan


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In Bagan, the mystifying and ancient city with thousands of pagodas, it is hard to look any direction without taking sight to some sort of ancient building. The vast openness of the land will take your breath away. You can almost feel the holiness of this place as you are by earth colored temples and open farmland. Located along the grand Ayeyarwaddy River, Bagan is a cultural and historical treasure located in the heart of country.

The temples and pagodas of Bagan can be dated from the 11th and 12th centuries. This city was once called “the city of four million pagodas,” and still to this day Bagan is the world’s largest area of temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins. The exact number of temples and ruins varies depending on what is considered a temple or ruin, but the number ranges from 2,200 to 4,000. You can easily consume three or four days here wander in the awe inspiring ruins of Bagan.

The temples are not the only sight to see in Bagan. This town is culturally rich and we want to show you that. The vast farmland occupied by local farmers is rather impressive. Their ox drawn wagons and farming equipment is that of the past, and the people of this land have used these techniques for ages. It is really something to see the acres of farmland scattered between ancient temples. To really enjoy yourself, hire a bike and take a ride throughout the rural countryside. You can go off the beaten path to explore the area on your own and climb the narrow stairways of the temples to get a real sense of these mystifying structures.

There are many different ways to enjoy the ancient city of Bagan. You can take a pony cart ride that will take you up and down the back alley ways of the city. You can stroll the open land by foot and explore the temples at your own pace. Hire a bike and tackle the semi desert land while peddling your way down dusty roads. If your feeling a little tired and don’t want to break we will take you by air-con car to each of the destinations you choose. For a real treat make reservations to soar over Bagan with the birds in a hot air balloon. No matter which way you choose to explore this ancient city we assure you won’t be disappointed.

One of the main highlights of Bagan is the sunset. Each night the earth colored temples seem to glow as they reflect the deep red sunset. We will take you to the top of a tall pagoda where you can go back in time as the sun sets behind the mountains that sit along the river. Just relax and breathe the fresh air as the thousands of temples vanish in front of your eyes. It is truly one of the best sunsets you can enjoy within Myanmar.

 

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Mrauk U


Mrauk U, an ancient capital city dates back in the 15th century. A five hour trip up-river from Sittwe to Mrauk U starts at dawn. You can enjoy beautiful landscapes along the river. Mrauk U was a thriving city in the 12th and 16 centuries with a complex network of canals. The people are very warm and amicable. Sebastian Martinique was a Portuguese missionary of the Augustinian Order, who went to Rakhine in 1630 and stayed there for about five years. Rakhine it that time was virtually an independent Kingdom with King Thirithudammaraza on the throne. Manique described the then Mrauk U as follows: This great city is built in a beautiful valley about fifteen Leagues in circuit and entirely surrounded by high rough mountains, walls of nature’s make and dispending with artificial ones. On the inside these mountains have been leveled in necessary parts with rammers and where they have been cut through from top to bottom, gates have been erected for going in and out whilst above them are some bulwarks provided with artillery, so that the city would naturally be impregnable as if it belonged to another warlike nation.”

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Yangon – Kandawgyi Lake


Yangon, the capital city and gateway to the Union of Myanmar, is one of the most attractive cities in the East. Its fringes are beautiful with pagodas, spacious parks gardens and its atmosphere cooled by the Kandawgyi Lake and Inya Lake. Most of the major Myanmar and foreign companies are located in Yangon. The city is the point of entry for visitors from abroad to Myanmar by air and sea.

About 2,500 years ago, there was probably a coastal fishing village or a trading colony called “Okkala”. After the construction of Shwedagon Pagoda, the settlement grew in fame as Dagon. King Alaungpaya of Konbaung Dynasty founded Yangon when he took the village of Dagon in 1755. He called the settlement as Yangon or “End of Strife”. It becomes a port city and a centre of commercial functions since pre-colonial and colonial days. The Yangon River or Hlaing River gives it color and peninsular look (from aerial view) touching the city in the east and south flanks and the Pazundaung Creek in the west.”

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