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Full Day Yangon City Tour
Discover the diverse culture and history of Yangon on this full day excursion. Tour the streets of downtown, take a break in a local tea shop and visit glittering pagodas, including Burma's most revered Buddhist monument.
The tour begins in downtown Yangon, the colonial and cultural heart of the city. Wander through the streets with your guide lined with colonial buildings to the gilded Sule Pagoda and the Independence Monument. Continue on to the city's cultural alcoves of Little India and China Town, a colourful mix of markets, restaurants and temples. Before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, browse the stalls and shops of Bogyoke Market (also known as Scott's Market), one of the best places for handicrafts and souvenirs in all of Yangon.
After lunch, you will be taken to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda. Home to a 70 metre long reclining Buddha, the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda is a great place to get an overview of Buddhism, with many murals on the walls depicting the life of Buddha, and traditional symbols carved into the feet of the statues.
Continue on to a local tea shop to experience an integral part of life in Yangon. Enjoy a selection of snacks and coffee or tea whilst sitting amongst the bustling teahouse, watching daily life unfold as locals gather to socialise or do business. From the tea shop, travel to Kandawgyi Park, Yangon’s largest park and home to the striking Karaweik Barge, a replica of the royal Barge. Just as the tea shop, the park is a hub of activity, with many local friends and families coming to relax and meet in the park.
The final stop on the tour is the Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma’s most revered Buddhist temple and one of the most recognisable sights in the country. The temple complex is as busy as it is glittering, with streams of locals pouring in and out throughout the day to pay their respects. Learn more about the role that Buddhism plays in Burma as you explore the temples complex, including the eight sided central stupa towering almost 100 metres tall and the 64 smaller stupas that surround it.
Please kindly also note that The Shwedagon Pagoda Trustee announced a new layer of gold leaf will be applied to the main pagoda between 01 September 2017 and 31 March 2018. The Shwedagon Pagoda will be covered in bamboo scaffolding, and the view of the main pagoda will be limited during this period. However, the entire pagoda complex which includes many smaller pagodas, shrines and places of worship will still be opened for visitors.
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