Burma Things to Do

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Burma Things to Do

  • Shwedagon Paya

    Rangoon Things to Do

    As Rudyard Kipling the famous English author and poet described a long time ago, Burma (now called Myanmar) is a "Land like no other," the Shwedagon pagoda in the former capital of Yangon is truly an architectural wonder like no other temple. Built 2,500 years ago on a hill, it is the country's most sacred and revered place of worship. The hill...

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  • Mandalay Hill

    4 out of 5 stars

    Mandalay Things to Do

    Just outside the North of downtown, Mandalay Hill summit is 230 m above the surrounding plain, so you can enjoy the panoramic views of Mandalay and its environs from there. Apparently you can climb the 1,729 steps of the covered southern stairway to reach the top. We were had not much time and it was very hot, so we did the lazy way: by taxi and...

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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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  • In Phaw Khone Weaving Workshop

    Inle Lake Things to Do

    This was not in our "to do" list. But the boat 'driver' decided that was a must for us (I will write later about that driver). All in all, it was a nice experience, not as much as tourist trap as we expected. There you can see all the complex creation and production of the Lotus textiles, and some silk textiles too. Lotus textiles were so...

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  • Bogyoke (Scott) Market

    Rangoon Things to Do

    First of all, this market is officially called "Bogyoke Market" after General Aung San the father of Burma's independence. 'Bogyoke' is the Burmese term for General. However, it is still known as Scott Market even after all these years. The place is supposed to be named after J.G. Scott, an administrator during the British rule of Burma. Known for...

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  • Shwenandaw Kyaung (Teak Temple)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Ananda Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Amarapura / U Bein bridge

    Mandalay Things to Do

    From what we could see, many tourists do not walk the full length of the bridge, and they stay just for the sunset. If you have time enough and like walking (we had a very short holiday in Myanmar, but this was well worth a full afternoon) I do really recommend crossing all the bridge and explore a bit "the other side". It is just a regular...

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  • Shwezigon Paya

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bagan Things to Do

    As you wander around, you see various shrines and tazaungs (halls) around the pagoda compound. In one of these you will find brightly coloured figures of Siddhartha Gautama (who became the historical Buddha) and the characters he encountered on his travels, when he was still a prince. From these statues, the most significant are the old man, the...

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  • Karaweik Royal Barge

    Rangoon Things to Do

    If you want to take in a Myanmar cultural show with dinner included, I would strongly recommend the Karaweik Palace floating restaurant on Kandawgyi Lake. (Kandawgyi means 'great royal lake'). I have been there several times and the cultural performance there is worth seeing. It lasts for about an hour and half with traditional dances from the...

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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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  • 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

    As any kid growing up in Rangoon, (or Yangon as it is called now) going to the zoo was always a treat. At that time my father's cousin was director of the Rangoon Zoo, as it was called then, and we kids would have VIP tours escorted by the zoo's staff. Passing adolescence into adulthood, with work and family commitments, a great number of years...

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  • Kuthodaw Paya

    Mandalay Things to Do

    The Kuthodaw Paya (Pagoda), or Maha Lawka Marazein Paya, contains what often is called the world's largest book. It is a large walled complex situated at the base of the southeast stairway to Mandalay Hill and was built by King Mindon at the same time he was constructing the Royal Palace. Its central stupa is modeled on the Shwezigon at Nyaung U...

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  • Thatbyinnyu Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Mahamuni (Big) Paya

    Mandalay Things to Do

    Getting up at 3:30 in the morning when in holidays, to be before 4:30 at the temple to attand the Buddha-washing ceremony did sound like a crazy plan. But it turned to be not only of the best experiences from the trip to Myanmar, I would even say one of the best experiences on my life. Tips: go very early (the place gets packed), wear adequately...

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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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  • 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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  • Sandamani (Sanda Muni) Paya

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Chaukhtatgyi Paya

    4 out of 5 stars

    Rangoon Things to Do

    Just a short distance away from the city's main tourist attraction, the great Shwedagon pagoda, is the Chauk Htat Gyi pagoda where you can see the third largest reclining Buddha in Myanmar (indeed, the world). This remarkable statue is housed in a large metal-roof shed and is highly revered by the local people, the majority of whom are Buddhists....

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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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  • 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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  • Mingun Paya

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Dhammayazika Pagoda

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • National Independence Monument

    Rangoon Things to Do

    Next to Sule Pagoda is the Maha Bandoola Park named after the national hero who stood up against the british colonial occupation. The park is dominated by a massive obelisk rising 48m from the ground, surrounded by 5 smaller columns and bronze lions. The obelisk symbolizes Myanmar and the smaller ones the 5 partially autonomous states. The whole...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Pondaw Pagoda, Mingun

    Mandalay Things to Do

    This white washed pagoda set by the riverbanks gives an idea of how Mingun gigantic pagoda intended to look like and has a nice entrance staircase with lions and lining figures. It was there when the first invasion of hawkers started, which in fact in Mingun is the major annoyance. They won’t let you alone until you buy something.

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  • Manuha Temple

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Bupaya

    Bagan Things to Do

    This temple located on the shores of the Ayeyarwaddy river was the oldest construction in Bagan. It was built in the Pyu style, but was completely destroyed by the 1975 earthquake. The actual building is a reconstruction. Nice views of the river, it has some stalls selling food around, and a soccer field nearby where i enjoyed an exciting game.

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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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  • 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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