Yangon

YangonYangon, the capital city, is the gateway to Myanmar. Evergreen and cool with lush tropical trees, shady parks and beautiful lakes. Yangon has earned the name of "the Garden City of the East." Founded by King Alaungphaya on the site of a small settlement called Dagon when he conquered Lower Myanmar in 1755. Yangon means "End of Strife" which was anglicised to Rangoon after the British annexed Myanmar in 1885. Towering almost 100 metres above the green city-scope of Yangon, the luminous Shwedagon Pagoda is the landmark visible from miles around. One of the wonders of the world, the Shwedagon is believed to have been built more than 2500 years ago. Other highlights are the colossal Reclining Buddha of Chauk Htatt Kyee Pagoda, Kaba Aye (World Peace Pagoda) and the Great Cave, Botahtaung Pagoda, Sule Pagoda with unique architectural features, the Buddha images of Mailamu Pagoda, National Museum, Bogyoke Aung San Park and Kandawgyi(Royal Lake), the famous shopping centre Bogyoke Market and FMI centre, the Zoological Garden and the Peopl's Square and People's Park . Yangon night life can be experienced around City Central Plazas where restaurants, music pubs and Karaoke lounges are located.