explore the golden land Myanmar!!! First Pagoda that I want to visit is Botataung Pagoda which located near my hotel.
How to Get There
Hi guys, I'm still in Myanmar and just arrived at Yangon (again). Yesterday, after explored Pagodas in Mandalay, I come back to Yangon by using JJ Bus. The bus start from Mandalay at 9 pm and need 10 hours to arrive in Yangon.
What to Do
Arriving at Yangon, I check in at hotel. Today is my nineth days in Myanmar and I stay at Backpacker Bed and Breakfast Yangon which located in downtown. After check in, I take a bath, breakfast and resting awhile before explore more pagodas in this city.
First Pagoda that I want to visit is Botataung Pagoda which located near my hotel. This pagoda is open daily from 6 am to 10 pm, I buy ticket about $ 2 per person and because I bring camera, it's charged about $ 1 per camera.
Botatung Pagoda was built 2500 years ago by the Mon people, but in the second World War, this pagoda was destroyed during an airforce bombing mission at nearby docks. After that, it rebuild again on 1948. In the center of the tiled platform stands the main stupa which surrounded by a number of small stupas. This main stupa is the most unique feature in this pagoda, while almost all stupas are closed to the public, this stupa is hollow and visitors can walk through it.
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Next destination, I continue to one of must-visit place in Yangon. It's Maha Bandula Park which located in Maha Bandula Street, Yangon. This park is open daily from 5.30 am to 6 pm and there is no entrance fee. This park was built in 1800 with original name Fitch Square has an Independence Monument with 48 meters high which surrounded by smaller columns and bronze lions.
In this park, you'll see the green gras, trees and flowers. Also, there is an exercise area where many locals work up. Mostly locals eating their lunch in this park or picnic with their children and family.
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This park is surrounded by many beautiful building, so I decide to visit them all. Yangon City Hall is the nearest, so I walk to that place first. It has Myanmar architecture and was built on 1926 until 1936. Until now, this building enlisted on Yangon Heritage list.
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Move to the next destination, I visit Sule Pagoda. Sule Pagoda is a small pagoda located in downtown of Yangon and surrounded by busy streets and market. This pagoda was built about 2500 years ago and have been renovated and enlarged several times by later Kings.
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Like most of pagodas in Myanmar, this pagoda has golden color and will lit up with light in the dark. This pagoda open daily from 6 am to 10 pm with entrance fee $ 3 per person.
Finish explore this pagoda, I'm going to buy some souvenirs and handicrafts for my friend and family in Indonesia, so I go to Bogyoke Aung San Market which located near this pagoda.
Like others Burmese building, this market has typical architecture of Myanmar. Very classic! Inside this market, there are about 1641 shops and devide into four wings. It's open daily from 9 am to 5 pm and close on gazzete holiday. Looking around and and finding some souvenirs, clothes and handicraft in this market is very fun and comfortable. Moreover, the price is very cheap :)
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Tips and Trick
This actually my last day of traveling around Myanmar because tomorrow I have to go back to Indonesia. If you are going to visit pagoda, don't forget for always wearing polite shoes and put off your shoes. In Maha Bandula Park, you're not allowed litter, bring pets, damage the flowers and the park clean. This is my always-advise when you visit Myanmar, don't forget to wear sunscreen, wear hat or bring umbrella and bring you own water because the weather is very sunny :)
Well, that's all about my trip in Myanmar. See you on my next detination :)