The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most famous pagodas in the world and it is certainly the main attraction of Yangon, Myanmar’s capital city. The massive 99 meter high gold plated pagoda with the diamond studded spire set on top of a small hill in downtown Yangon dominates the area and is visible from much of the city. After dark there is a mystical atmosphere with the pagoda lit up by spotlights. The main stupa enshrines sacred relics of the Gautama Buddha as well as the three previous Buddhas.
Bahan Zay is the heart of Buddhist culture and one of the oldest areas in Yangon, with monasteries, Chinese temples and pagodas, nestling together amongst shops selling religious items. There are also religious halls established by national races, Ministries and communities where pilgrims linked to them can stay for free. It is one of the main places to go get an instant insight into Myanmar culture.
A reservoir constructed during colonial times, Kandawgyi Lake is surrounded by a green, tree-filled park and hosts the imposing Karaweik, a replica of a royal barge located on the eastern side of the lake. The area surrounding the Karaweik has a number of pleasant restaurants and cafés, some of which have views acrooss the water and the Shwedagon Pagoda.