Yangon (Rangoon) is the former capital city of Myanmar and gateway to Myanmar by sea and by air. Yangon is located in the southernmost part of the central plain. The Inya Lake is a scenic stretch of water located near the University of Yangon campus. It is ideal for yachting and cross-the -lake swimming.
Bago, formerly Pegu, is a city and the capital of Bago Region in Myanmar.
Located just 50 miles north-east of Yangon, Bago was the royal capital from 1539-1599 and then again in 1613-1634, It was used as a base for repeated invasions of Siam.
As a major seaport, the city was frequently visited by Europeans, who commented on its magnificence.
Located west of the Royal Lake on 114-acre Singuttara Hill in Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site for the people of the Union of Myanmar.
No visit to the Union of Myanmar is complete without a visit to the 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda.
From a humble beginning of 8.2 meters, the Shwedagon Pagoda today stands close to 110 meters. Shwedagon Pagoda is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds; the largest of which is a 72 carat diamond. This Pagoda is a repository of the best in Myanmar heritage – architecture, sculpture and arts. The Shwedagon Pagoda consists of hundreds colorful temples, stupas, and statues that reflects the architectural era spanning almost a 2,500 years.
The Sule Pagoda has been the focal point of both Yangon and Burmese politics. It has served as a rallying point in both the 1988 uprisings and 2007 Saffron Revolution.
The Sule Pagoda is a Burmese stupa located in the center of Yangon.
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