As the largest city and once Capital of Myanmar, Yangon has become a fantastic destination for tourists. The architecture of Yangon is one of its main highlights. Yangon was once colonised by the British, hence their influence on Yangon’s architecture is obvious, also making it unique. This can be seen in the Shwedagon Pagoda. With gold-plated temples, stupas and statues, the Pagoda is a sight you must see. Inside the Pagoda are multiple glistening golden Buddhas, colourful spinning wheels, bright marble floors and light shows. You may want to go Pagoda hopping, in which case the next pagoda you want to see is the Sule Pagoda. It is a historical landmark, and was the meeting point between the anti-government and pro-democratic protestors. Inside the Pagoda you have the opportunity to pour holy water over a statue that represents your birthday, and tradition states that this will help wash your sins away. During the later part of the afternoon rush over to the Sakura Tower, get to the top of the tower and buy a drink. There you can relax and watch the sunset, in the perfect views of the Sule and Shwedagon Pagodas.

If you would like to grab a few souvenirs, head over to Bogyoke Market, where there are large selections of herbs, spices, fabrics and many other interesting handicrafts. Before you leave you must also experience the exciting feeling of hopping onto a bus. Buses don’t stop for long in Yangon, and if you see a bus heading in the direction you want to go, run towards it and jump straight on. Move too slowly and you’ll get left behind. 

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