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Must visit places in Yangon – sample the flavours and allures of a delightful city

Once the former capital of Myanmar but currently the biggest city in the nation, the culture-rich enclave of Yangon is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered and appreciated.

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Shwedagon Pagoda

Buddhist pagodas are very much reflective of the deep-rooted faith of the Burmese people and their association with this way of life that goes back centuries. Standing head and shoulders above neighbouring pagodas and religious sites are the acclaimed Shwedagon Pagoda which in short, is a sight for sore eyes. A stunning work of art, the Pagoda showcases a central structure adorned in a gold leaf and covered in priceless rubies and diamonds. A vast collection of objects are housed within its sacred grounds and it is believed that the Pagoda came into existence during the 6th century AD. Should you be looking for an appropriate 5-star hotel in Yangon to be based where the Pagoda may be easily reached, then consider Pan Pacific Yangon which is found just a short distance away.

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Chinatown

Based on the fact that the city boasts of a growing Chinese population, it isn't too hard to fathom how Yangon came to have its own Chinatown. Found around Yangon's 19th street, Chinatown is quite the far cry from the rest of the city as one will be able to stumble upon a wide array of street food options that would make your mouth water as you scour each section. Come dusk, the sight of Chinese lanterns will take over and in turn, act as a worthy guide as you begin chartering a course between a sea of people and a maze of buildings & colourful stalls.

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National Museum

Are you curious about Myanmar's history? Then waste no time in beelining towards the National Museum where many a history lesson can be learnt of. Surrounded by well-manicured gardens and sculptures, the National Museum paves the way for patrons to delight in one of Southeast Asia's finest antique collections that trace the life and times of the former Konbaung Dynasty as well. Featuring outstanding craftsmanship and detail, time spent within the four walls of the National Museum will see to it that you leave through its doors with fond memories and a growing admiration for Myanmar and its people.

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Yangon Circular Train

Hop aboard the Yangon Circular Train and travel along railway tracks that were built during the times of the British en route to discovering the many charms of the city. During this 3-hour trip, one will have the fortune of uncovering every minute element that makes visiting Yangon all the more rewarding. As the train chugs along at a pace of its choosing, one can feast one's eyes on emerald green rice paddy fields and rustic villages that beautify the railway line. Therefore, be sure to bring along your trusty camera so that you might capture every awe-inspiring moment.

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Bogyoke Aung San Market

A few minutes of being inside Yangon's Bogyoke Aung San Market will have you feeling as if you were holidaying in an English city. Once referred to by the name of Scott Market because it was the brainchild of the British who constructed the market in 1926, cobbled streets and a welcoming ambience all but complete the Market. Move towards the large indoor section of the Market where you can get your hands on Burmese souvenirs in the likes of paintings, textiles and handicrafts that would serve as wonderful gifts to take back home with you.

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