Hotel 63

THINGS TO DO

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Downtown Yangon

Yangon is the business capital of Myanmar and one of the most lively places in the country. If you look at a map you will see how well streets are organized. These streets were designed during the colonial era of the  country and still most of the buildings are reserved as heritage buildings to  reserve the colonial touch of the area. If you start walking from Hotel 63, to the west side of the downtown you might be able to see alot of buildings as such. The whole of downtown is surrounded by the Yangon harbor therefore you might see trucks moving around displaying a merchant and a busy life. After the political revolution the people of Myanmar has been improving their life standards a lot in terms of westernization. Therefore many expat bars such as RETRO BAR, pubs, night clubs are seen mostly in the downtown area of Yangon. Its a must to have an evening or a morning walk around the downtown where you can see an interesting street life as well as the business life. Most interesting part is that most of the highest ranked attractions are based in downtown, therefore the tourist turnover is high than many other areas in the country.  In downtown another interesting fact is that you will find many streets dedicated to what items are sold in the shops, 30th street – electrical equipment, 19th Street Food etc.

The real beauty of Myanmar and Yangon itself is the nature of being late at development, therefore tourists are more interested to see a nature (in some sort) back in time.

 

 

Gold Chambers
Gold Chambers

The most powerful – Botahtaung Pagoda

Renowned for its mysterious power, accessibility through the pagoda, structure and Buddha’s Hair Relic, Botahtaung pagoda has become rank four in the best tourist destinations in whole Myanmar.  One can walk right through this pagoda and be lost at the  gold chambers, Walking along the high gold walls, praying for prosperity and worshiping Buddha’s Hair Relic is one of the traditions that bring many south Asian tourists.

“IT REALLY HAS POWER, MY  WISH CAME TRUE, I CAME BACK TO PAY RESPECT AFTER ONE YEAR”  said one of the guests at our Hotel, that’s not the only guest we came across but few of some Thai’s too. There’s  many locals as-well donating, making vows, and giving away alms. As we understood this pagoda is spiritually protected by highly devoted dragon ladies who lives close to the pagoda. Theres lot of things to learn at Botahtaung pagoda as it was the first ever place where the relics of Buddha were brought.

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Shwedagon

No visit to the Union of Myanmar is complete without a visit to the 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda, which enshrines strands of Buddha’s hair and other holy relics. 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. 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. It is clearly one of the wonders of the religious world. Shwedagon Pagoda is a repository of the best in Myanmar heritage – architecture, sculpture and arts. The Shwedagon Pagoda consists hundreds colorful temples, stupas, and statues that reflects the architectural era spanning almost a 2,500 years. To understand this monumental work of art and architecture, visitors will experience an insider’s view of this magnificent symbol of Buddhism to the lives of the Myanmar people. Shwedagon Pagoda forms the focus of religious as well as community activities – the bustling of devotees and monks washing the statues, offering flowers, worshiping, and meditating. Shwedagon Pagoda is administered by the Board of Trustees of Shwedagon Pagoda.

taken by Shwedagon pagoda main site.

 

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Chinatown

Chinatown in Yangon usually refers to the area of 24th through 18th street, west of the Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon. It’s one of the busiest and most action packed areas of town, especially in the evening when the sides of the streets teem with food vendors selling everything from fresh produce to ready-made things to eat. 19th street is the main street where expats hang around and get long. Specialties of the 19th street is not know by many, which are drinks and beer are cheaper, and manly you can pick your seats in a restaurant to get drinks and orders as much as you like from other shops according to the variety of foods and style of cooking. walk along the 19th street and get entertained with the food, drinks and hospitality.

 

 

bogyoke-aung-san-marketBogyoke Aung San Market

Bogyoke Aung San market, also commonly known by its former name of Scott Market, was built in 1926 under a design from the British colonial period.On the outside of the market are a number of European looking cobblestone streets with shops housed and either side, and there’s also a large indoor section that’s setup more like a bazaar. Honestly speaking, I’m not a huge fan of the market itself, it seems to me to be a little on the touristy side, and prices are little high as well. But that being said, it is a good place to come if you’re looking for jewelry (just use discretion), Burmese dresses and fabric, souvenirs, artwork, or handicrafts.

 

 

A passenger boat moves across the water while people onboard feed seagulls at Botahtaung Jetty in Yangon January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)Botahtaung Harbor

River cruises on the Yangon River will stop in mid May due to a decreasing numbers of passengers. In addition to river day trips, one-night and two-night trips to Mandalay and upper Myanmar will also close for the months of June and July, which is the beginning of rainy season.

 

IMG_9996Nagar Glass Factory

Adventure and beyond.. Nagar glass factory is a  little difficult to find as it has not been exposed to may tourists, we thought of putting it up in our list of things to do, due to its nature and the background story.

It’s a big land area, where they have used to make handmade glasses/designed bottles/craftworks  by traditional system (blowing) The factory has had many masterpieces designed by the makers own inventions. After a cyclone hit this huge factory is at ruins.

There’s a family keeping up with the land  showing around to visitors where they share their good old stories with the visitors.  There are stacked up loads of glassware everywhere you see,.

if you are lucky you might find a nice piece where they will clean it for you and allow you to take it home. The price is unimaginably low for a good piece but if your in the glass hunt better to visit the place in the day time.

 

 

 

120414_1446_DaytriptoDa1Day trip to Dala

When I recount my time in the Philippines I often remember how living in the concrete jungle that is Manila felt somewhat claustrophobic. Although this was for a range of reasons, it is perhaps unsurprising given Manila has the highest population density in the world.In fact, when comparing where I lived then (Manila), with where I live now (Yangon), it is pretty why this is no longer a problem with Manila’s population density 6 times that of Yangon. Consequently it is possible for everybody’s inner-hermit to find some solitude.Unfortunately, if there were a party of inner hermits, mine would still be the one hiding behind a curtain in the corner. Which is why, he was so excited to hear about my weekend plan: a day trip to somewhere even quieter than Yangon; Dala.Dala is a township on the outskirts of Yangon, on the south of the Yangon River. Although it is relatively close to the urban hub of Yangon (1.5 km away), it is only accessible by ferry which seems to have made all the difference to how urbanised it is.

sule-pagoda-1070x732Sule Pagoda

According to Burmese legend the site where the Sule pagoda now stands was once the home of a powerful nat (spirit) named Sularata (the Sule Nat). The king of the Nats, Sakka, wished to help the legendary king Okkalap build a shrine for the Buddha’s sacred hair-relic on the same site where three previous Buddhas had buried sacred relics in past ages. Unfortunately, these events had happened so long ago that not even Sakra knew exactly where the relics were buried. The Sule nat, however, who was so old that his eyelids had to be propped up with trees in order for him to stay awake, had witnessed the great event. The gods, Nats and humans of the court of Okkalapa therefore gathered around the Sule Ogre and asked him the location, which he eventually remembered.

The Sule Pagoda was made the center of Yangon by Lt. Alexander Fraser of the Bengal Engineers, who created the present street layout of Yangon soon after the British occupation in the middle of the 19th century. (Lt. Fraser also lent his name to Fraser Street, now Anawrattha Street and still one of the main thoroughfares of Yangon). It is a Mon-style chedi (pagoda), octagonal in shape, with each side 24 feet long; its height is 144 feet, 9 l/2 inches. Except for the chedi itself, enlarged to its present size by Queen Shin Sawbu (1453–1472), nothing at the pagoda is more than a little over a century old. Around the chedi are ten bronze bells of various sizes and ages with inscriptions recording their donors’ names and the dates of their dedication. Various explanations have been put forward for the name, of varying degrees of trustworthiness: according to legend it was called su-way, meaning “gather around”, when Okkapala and the divine beings inquired about the location of Singattura Hill, and the pagoda was then built to commemorate the event; another legend connects it su-le, meaning wild brambles, with which it was supposedly overgrown, and a non-legendary suggestion links it to the Pali words cula, meaning “small” and ceti, “pagoda”.


National Museum

National Museum of Myanmar is located at No. 66/74. Pyay Road. Dagon Township. Yangon. Myanmar. The National Museum of Myanmar was founded in 1952 with its premises at what was once the Jubilee Hall. In 1970 the museum was moved to a more spacious building on Pansodan Street. But these premises were not originally constructed to house a museum. The present National Museum is located on Pyay Road in a splendid five-storey building constructed for the purpose in spacious and specially landscaped grounds. Priceless ancient artifacts. works of art and historic memorabilia are on display in 14 halls on four storeys. Three halls on the ground floor hold exhibits on the evolution the Myanmar script and alphabet. the Lion Throne Room and Yatanabon Period pieces.

CirculartrainYangon Circular Train

The Yangon Circular Train was built by the British in 1954. It covers a railway track loop of 45.9 kilometers and stops at 39 stations. It takes almost 3 hours to complete the journey. Trains make both clockwise (Right) and counter-clockwise (Left) journeys daily along the railway loop.The Yangon Circular Train will give you a chance to mingle with the friendly locals and get a glimpse into their laid back and almost stress free life style. Don’t forget to take your camera to capture some of the most picturesque sceneries along the way.

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We can say that this kind of rides will not be able to be seen in the near future, Tri-shaw rides are typical local based rides to travel short distances for a small fee. This has become an attraction to the western travelers as its a rare opportunity to get a ride on one of these. Tri-shaws  mainly called as side-cars can carry two person at a time. One can enjoy a tri-shaw rides in suburbs OF Yangon.

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