Burma Things to Do

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Burma Things to Do

  • Shwedagon Paya

    Rangoon Things to Do

    Whilst there is a National Monument in downtown Yangon (see seperate tip) it is a modern, concrete pillar. For my money the true National Monument of Yangon, indeed Myanmar, has to be the Shwedagon Paya. You can see it from just about everywhere in town, but it is only when you go there that you appreciate the scale and majesty of the place. The...

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  • Mandalay Hill

    Mandalay Things to Do

    Our hotel was near the foot of Mandalay Hill so we began our sightseeing by climbing up this 240 metre high hill. A small Burmese girl attached herself to us, and though we did not want a guide, she was actually so cute we did not have the heart to get rid of her. The climb up involved lots of stairs. It was hot and tiring, but there were lots of...

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  • Ananda Temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    The stucco and other features of the temple were restored in the late 18th century in the Middle Konbaung Era style and on the temple's 900th anniversary in 1990, the temple spires were gilded. The exterior is whitewashed from time to time. ix terraces rise pyramid-like to the central tower. The lower terraces have a complete numbered set of 537...

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  • Bogyoke (Scott) Market

    Rangoon Things to Do

    It´s the main bazaar of Yangon, located in Pabedan township. The market is housed in a beautiful colonial building built in 1926 and named after James George Scott (a British civilian who introduced the football in the country). The market has more than 2,000 shops (antiques, art galleries, hadicrafts, gems) and is really a shopper´s paradise. I...

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  • Shwenandaw Kyaung (Teak Temple)

    Mandalay Things to Do

    Known locally as the Teak Monastery, this interesting building once served as the royal apartments for King Mindon, later it was converted into a Buddhist Monastery. One of the few original buildings that survived the destruction of the city. The central building was built on tail poles and was constructed with teak wood, it´s surrounded by a...

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  • Gubyaukgyi temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    Gubyaukgyi Temple (Wetkyi-in)Close to Wetkyi-in village, this 13th-century 'cave temple' has an Indian-style spire like the Mahabodhi Pagoda in Bagan. It is interesting for the fine frescoes of scenes from the jatakas. There is another temple of the same name in Myinkaba, and to distinguish between theses two, this monument is sometimes called...

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  • Botatung Paya

    Rangoon Things to Do

    This Image, in it's own pavilion, is a famous image from the Royal Palace Mandalay that was taken by the British and spent many years in the V & A Museum London. It was eventually returned and now resides here.

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  • Palace Complex / Fort

    Mandalay Things to Do

    I really wanted to visit this huge complex in the centre of Mandalay because I had just finished reading a book called The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh. The book begins with British soldiers storming, looting and burning this palace, forcing the Burmese King and Queen into exile in India. The palace was built between 1857 and 1859 by King Mindon....

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  • Shwesandaw Paya

    Bagan Things to Do

    And finally Shwesandaw, the most famous viewpoint of Bagan. A pyramid-style pagoda with five terraces leading to the circular top. King Anawratha built this temple in the middle of it´s kingdom. Be prepared to meet all the hawkers of Bagan, also lots of tourists, but besides that the views are great.

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  • Kandawgyi Park and Lake

    Rangoon Things to Do

    I was impressed by the expansive acres of land that are transformed into public parks. Nevertheless none of them lies in the very centre of the town (which reflects in a chaotic atmosphere). From Shwedagon and onwards beautiful public parks are there for people to have their pic nics or have a leisure walk. Due to limited time, we left our last day...

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  • Amarapura / U Bein bridge

    Mandalay Things to Do

    A very impresssive construction of more than 200 years old, the bridge is one of the icons of Myanmar. It´s used by locals as a place to relax and socialise. A nice walk with great views; it has five shaded huts if you want to escape from the strong sun.

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  • Sunset

    Bagan Things to Do

    When to go: I stayed in Nyaung U, the most distant of the three possible places to stay, but with just 5 km from Old Bagan still manageable. I always got up at 4:00, that leaves plenty of time to get to nearly every sunrise spot by bike before sunrise. Actually on the second day, it was even enough time to walk to Shwesandaw Paya, since, yes, I...

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  • Sule Paya

    Rangoon Things to Do

    This place is not to be missed. A lovely pagoda in the centre of downtown - a place of calm in the middle of hubbub. As an aside, when I paid my $2.00 US entry fee, they immediately ironed the bank notes :)

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  • Mahamuni (Big) Paya

    Mandalay Things to Do

    This buddha is said to be encased in gold leaf inches thick and I can believe it. Unlike most pagoda's only the men can get close to or actually touch the Buddha. Very early in the morning, the monks here wash the face of the image and clean it's teeth, you can witness this but you have to be there bloody early. The entrance hall houses a...

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  • Gaw Daw Palin temple, Old Bagan

    Bagan Things to Do

    This large temple was built by King Nantaungmya in 1218. The temple is known to be the last Myanmar Style temple built in Bagan. The name is a misreading of the Pali word for 'Blessings of the Three Worlds'. King Nantaungmya erected the temple on this spot because it was here that he was chosen, from among five brothers, to be the crown prince....

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  • World War II cemetery

    Rangoon Things to Do

    The roads in Myanmar much better for the tourist destination now. Even monsoon time in Myanmar good enough to make a good trip. I would like to suggest you, you should better to visit Central Myanmar, Mandalay, Bagan and Shan state, Inlay Lake, you can spend the time and enjoy with local lovely peoples. 10 day is good enough to make trip these...

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  • Kuthodaw Paya

    Mandalay Things to Do

    This compound is special, and a must visit in Mandalay. It really is the worlds biggest book. The compound is huge and takes a while to get around. It's obvious that there is constant maintenance going on here as the pure white of the small pagoda's quickly gets dirty and needs a repaint.

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  • Shwezigon Paya

    Bagan Things to Do

    The king built Shwezigon to be a massive reliquary to enshrine a collection of relics, including the Buddha's frontal and collar bones, a copy of the tooth relic at Kandy, Sri Lanka, and an emerald Buddha image from China. Legend has it that the site of Shwezigon was chosen by a white elephant. Probably the most significant aspect of Shwezigon's...

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  • Karaweik Royal Barge

    Rangoon Things to Do

    Karaweik (the legendary birld-mount of Vishnu) is an attraction on its own in Kandawgyi lake. It is a huge reproduction of a royal barge that sits (it doesn't float) on the eastern edge of the lake. This structure is an upmarket functional restaurant holding dance performances in the evenings (remember it's state owned)

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  • Mingun Paya

    Mandalay Things to Do

    The main attraction of Mingun (and most probably of all the ancient cities around Madnalay) is the ruined Mingun Paya, an functioning Buddhist temple with the remains of a massive stupa begun by King Bodawpaya in 1790. Thousand of slaves laboured to build the massive construction. The temple was not completed, due to an astronomer claiming that,...

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  • Dhammayangyi Pahto

    Bagan Things to Do

    This huge temple is visible from all Bagan, and is the largest temple in the site, it´s also known as the bad luck temple. It was built in the 12th century in the similar style of Ananda but it could never been completed, because the builder King Narathu was assasinated inside the temple. There´s a western shrine featuring two original side by side...

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  • Rangoon / Yangon Zoo

    Rangoon Things to Do

    You can buy bananas or pieces of bamboo near elephants enclosure and feed them. They are chained and may get only one step. Poor ! And you know something ? There is white elephant in Yangon , but she is not in Zoo , you can see her in area by the road to airport. She is almost saint for burmese people...

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  • Sandamani (Sanda Muni) Paya

    Mandalay Things to Do

    The Sandamani pagoda , ( named so because it contains the largest iron Buddha, the “Sandamani”, a statue weighting 18.562 metric tons frequently moving around because of wars and the shift of capitals in the nineteenth century”), is located to the southeast of Mandalay Hill and looks similar to nearby Kuthodaw pagoda because of the large number of...

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  • Thatbyinnyu Temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    This monument, built in the 12th century by King Alaungsithu, is a transitional temple, standing between the Early Style of the Ananda and the Late Style of the Gawdawpalin. It is one of the earliest double-storeyed temples.

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  • Immigration Office

    Rangoon Things to Do

    Located opposite to the City Hall, this building with it´s patterns in yellow and red brick, was once one of the most fancy shopping stores in Southern East Asia. Actually it´s an inmigration office. The building as some others in the area are crumbling after years of neglect from the military regime, but it seems that things are changing now and...

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  • Zeigyo (Central Market)

    Mandalay Things to Do

    We took local transport to this market. The market mainly sold fruit and veg. It was very photogenic.Traffic, bicycles, delivery men travelled between stalls. Stall holders in tradional Burmese clothes wearing traditional thannaka on their faces, as protection against the sun, sat on the roads. Everywhere was crowded, chaotic and colourful.

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  • Mahabodhi Temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    Modelled after the Mahabodhi paya in Bodhgaya, India, this temple was built during the reign of King Namtaungmya (1215-1234). The temple, a 140 foot high structure built in brick and whitewashed stucco, consists of a large square pyramidal tower, very ornamented with niches containing 450 Buddha statues and topped by a spire and an umbrella. Very...

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  • Theingyi Zei market

    Rangoon Things to Do

    Theingyi Zei market is even larger than Bogokye Aung San market (see seperate tip), and so this would stand quite easily as a shopping tip. However, the new "mall" style section of the market affords great opportunities for sitting, having a beer (as pictured) and people watching. The place to be is in one of the several outdoor bars on the first...

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  • Kyauktawgyi Paya

    Mandalay Things to Do

    This pagoda, which is located at the bottom of Mandalay Hill, is home to a huge marble Buddha. The ret of the pagoda is not that inspiring, in fact it could do with a clean. The entrance to the Pagoda however is interesting. There are little stalls here along with craftsmen doing wood carving etc. Very interesting.

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  • Manuha Temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    Located in the town of Myinkaba, this temple was built by King Manuha (the Mon king from Thaton) held in prision by King Anawhrata. The temple contains four of the most impressive Buddha images i´ve seen in Myanmar. In the front there are three seated Buddhas all trapped in their small enclosures. The back of the temple contains a huge reclining...

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  • Chaukhtatgyi Paya

    Rangoon Things to Do

    A picture of me with the Buddha statue in the back showing the scale and perspective of the statue. There are some beams with the name of donors and the amount of their contribution surrounding the statue.

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  • Ayearawaddy River

    Mandalay Things to Do

    Our map showed two viewing points over the river. We visited one on a Burmese style taxi. There was a little cafe at the top. On the river there were huts, wooden platforms, boats, horses and endless bustling activity. It was fascinating and great for photos.

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  • Dhammayazika Pagoda

    Bagan Things to Do

    Dhammayazika is one of my favourites. The huge golden pagoda is surrounded by a parklike walled area with plenty of colourful flowers and shady trees, that you will enjoy after a long ride through the dusty area under the burning sun. The topfloor terrace is open to the public and offers a great view over the close ring of hundreds of small pagodas...

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  • Sakura Tower.

    Rangoon Things to Do

    The only inteligent building in the city, this tall tower was designed by Japanese architects Nihon Sekkei Inc. It´s a modern building with few interest but it has a nice restaurant, the Thiripyitsaya Sky Bistro at 20th floor, with great views of Dowtown, Chinatown and the Shwedagon Paya. I was invited to lunch here by my friends of the 7 days tour...

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  • Jade Market

    Mandalay Things to Do

    This was a huge market, where dozens of vendors had their jade in various stages and grades of presentation were available for sale. The market is not frequently visited by tourists, and generally serves as a local source of the product. Myanmar jade is generally regarded as the best in the world, and I have no doubt that the dusty, dull goodies on...

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  • Sulamani Temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    Sulamani Pagoda meaning "Crowning Jewel", was built in 1181 by King Narapati Sithu, who reigned from 1174 to 1211.Combining the horizontal planes of the Early period with the vertical lines of the Middle, the temple features two storeys standing on broad terraces assembled to create a pyramid effect. The brickwork throughout is considered some of...

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  • City Hall

    Rangoon Things to Do

    Located next to Sule Paya in front of the Mahabandola park, this beautiful yellow building was built in 1939 by Burmese architect Sithu U thin. The building has a mixture of British and Burmese architecture with some interesting details as the green peacock ornamentation above the main entrance, and the Burmese designs on the pillars and roof.

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  • Entrance fees / Mandalay Ticket

    Mandalay Things to Do

    This isn't really a thing to do, but I couldn't think of where else to place it. It concerns the so-called "combo ticket" which currently costs 10USD, paid direct to the Government, and gives admittance to the following Atumashi Kyaung / Cultural Museum, Mandalay / Kuthodaw Paya / Mahamuni Paya / Mandalay Palace / Palek Paya / Shwenandaw...

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  • Tayok Pye Paya

    Bagan Things to Do

    This two storey temple built by king Narathihapate was my first encounter with the magnificence of bagan. I spent more than an hour enjoying the views of the fileds, temples and payas from the four sides of it´s upper level. It has some stone plates intended to receive the jatakas, that i didn´t see in other temples.

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  • Sri Kali Temple

    Rangoon Things to Do

    Just by the edge of Yangon's chinatown, at the intersection of Anawahta and Konzaydan str is this colourful Hindu temple. By the time we got there it was closed (it was noon) but we were still able to admire the brightly colored temple tower filled with sculptures. Along with the chinese temples make a delightful difference from the Buddhist...

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  • Myanmar Traditional Dance Show

    Mandalay Things to Do

    There is a show " Dance from Dynasties", representing 1.000 years of History through dances, music & fashion,from the Bagan Dynasty to present. The show runs 3 times a week in the impressively illuminated tropical park of the Mandalay Hill Resort. During the show Dinner and drinks are served. It`s abolutely worth the money and costs about USD 25,-,...

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  • Balloon Trips

    Bagan Things to Do

    Bagan is the land of 10,000 temples. Everywhere you look, large and small houses of worship cover the dry, dusty landscape. Most of them no longer are actively used, but all hold the ancient architectural style of the region. A great way to start the early morning is either watching or being in a hot air balloon. I’m not sure how the custom...

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  • Bogyoke Aung San Museum

    Rangoon Things to Do

    It's difficult to overstate the importance of Bogyoke Aung San in the Burmese national psyche. Effectively the founder of the modern nation he is completely revered and his statue is to be found just about everywhere. Additionally, every settlement of any significance has a street named after him, indeed, one of the main roads in Yangon is named...

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  • Clock Tower

    Mandalay Things to Do

    Not so much a thing to do, as a thing you can't really avoid doing if you are "downtown". When I first came upon it, I thought it was totally incongruous and a throwback to British Imperial days - the English love a clocktower. This may be true, but a closer look at the design of the thing reveals a rather pleasing mix of the traditional Western...

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  • Nanpaya Temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    This 11th century temple was built by Prince Naga Thaman in the Gu (cave) style. It was used once as a prision for King Manuha (the grand father of the prince). The interior of the temple it´s amazing, stone carving windows from the earlier Bagan period give a little light to enjoy the beautiful carvings of the four stone pillars, carved with...

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