Yangon, the Capital of Myanmar, with over five million
inhabitants, is a main gateway to travel by Air or by Sea for
the tourists. King Alaung Paya, Conqueror of the Third Myanmar
Empire gave the name of the city from Dagon to Yangon which
means end of strife after he conquered lower Myanmar in 1755.
It is also known as the Garden city of the East with full of
trees and shades, parks and lakes. Yangon is famous for having
Shwedagon Pagoda-one of the world famous golden Stupa and lots
of other interesting temples, Buddha images, Parks and Colonial
style buildings in the city centre left over from British Time.
Sule Pagoda, Kaba Aye - world peace pagoda, National Museum,
Bogyoke Market (Scott market) are the highlights to visit in
Bago is situated about 80 km north east of Yangon. Bago was
founded in 573 A.D. by two Mon Princes from Thahton. It was the
Capital of Mon Kingdom in 15th century. Bago was an important
sea port for the Mon in early years until later the river
changed its course and cut off the city from the sea. On the way
to Bago, visit Htaukkyant War Cemetery with graves of 27000
Allied soldiers who died in Myanmar and Assam campaign of WW II.
Shwe Tha Hlaung Pagoda (55 m long Reclining Buddha image),
Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Kanbawzathdi Palace of the famous King
Bayintnaung, 28 m high huge Buddha of Kyaik Pun Pagoda are some
of the places of interest.
Once visiting Myanmar, one should see the mystical Kyaikhtiyo
Pagoda a stupa standing on a gold glided boulder, delicately
perched on the edge of a cliff at the top of hill over 1100 m
above sea-level. It is about 20 km from the small town of
Kyaikho which is about 160 km away from Capital Yangon.