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Yangon: A City Filled with Commerce and Cuisine Yangon Region Cities & Towns | Shopping & Markets | 0 comments

Yangon is Myanmar’s largest city and the main gateway to the country. The 2,500-year-old city was called Dagon until 1755 when King Alaungmintaya renamed it “Yangon,” which means “the end of strife.”
Yangon: A City Filled with Commerce and Cuisine

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Yangon has a real mix of architecture. It retains much of its old world charm with its old faded colonial buildings, tree-lined streets and tranquil lakes. Yet it simultaneously exists as a vibrant and bustling city with local markets and diverse cultures.

What’s more, right alongside the lively marketplace and serene waters, there exists another fundamental dimension to this city—its golden pagodas! Yangon is home to many famous “payas,” such as the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, Sule Pagoda and Botataung Pagoda. But most famous of them all is the truly stunning Shwedagon Pagoda.

Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon Pagoda seems perfectly at home in Yangon for it is a place where serenity meets opulence, just like Yangon itself. Shrouded in legend, the story is that it was founded 2,500 years ago by the mythical King Okkalapa. It is said to contain eight strands of the historical Buddha Gautama’s hair. The magnificent “hti” (the crown at the very top of the stupa) is 10 meters tall and covered in more than 36,000 gems.

As if that isn’t enough, it is topped with a single 76-carat diamond. It is no less impressive inside with its beautiful prayer halls, countless Buddha images and mythical creatures.

Yangon is also home to the National Museum, which holds a phenomenal amount of treasures. It is home to the jewels of the kings of old and the 26-foot-high Sihasana (lion throne), which belonged to King Thibaw Min, the last king of Myanmar (Burma).

Diverse Cuisine

However, Yangon is not only known for its historicity. It is rather well-known for its cuisine. Like Yangon itself, the food of the city is a multicultural affair, mixing Burmese cooking with dishes from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, resulting in delicious eating.

What’s more, Yangon is considered a prime shopping spot with its numerous markets. Bogyoke Market is worth noting in particular as it one of the most popular markets in Myanmar and is known for its Burmese jade and rubies. Shopping malls are even beginning to appear around the city.


More attractions in Yangon Region? Check out: Theingyi Zei Market

If you're interested in Cities & Towns attractions - check out: Re-live History Along Yangon's Colonial Heritage Trail

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