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Me and the Shwedagon Pagoda

First Visit: January 2014

Text and photography by Arthur Jeciel




January 24, 2014 Myanmar is definitely a very interesting country, with all its countless pagodas and temples, and of course its unique culture. A few weeks ago, I was here for the first time thus making it officially my 40th visited land. Having stayed in Yangon for only two nights, my tips would have been limited. Fortunately, I was able to meet Therese (a very good friend of mine) in Yangon who allowed me to use her pictures during her trip to this beautiful country. Here are some traveltips that could be helpful when you visit Myanmar in the future.


Shwedagon Pagoda: This is the most visited attraction in Myanmar. Believed to have been built more than 2500 years ago, make sure you come early and take your time exploring the complex with its countless temples and pagodas. Entrance fee is 8 US dollars.


Bogyoke Market: Built by Mr. C. Scott, it is popularly called Scott Market. Here, you can find hundreds of shops selling luxury items, handicrafts, food, clothing, jewelry, fashion and consumer goods. Definitely worth a visit.

China Town: Otherwise known as Tayoke Tan, Yangon's Chinatown was created when the British expanded the city in the 1850s. This is definitely the busiest quarters of the city.

Kheng Hock Keong Temple: This temple is the largest one in Yangon. I came here around lunch time but in case you have time, visit this 100-year old temple in the evening when it's thronged with worshippers offering candles, flowers and incense.


Shwenandaw Monastery (Golden Palace Monastery): This monastery in Mandalay is one of the best examples of traditional Burmese style wooden monastery in the country.

Kuthodaw Pagoda: A Buddhist stupa (a dome shaped shrine) that contains the world's largest book.

Shwezigon Temple, Bagan: This is the most important reliquary shrine in Bagan.

Inle Lake: This is the second largest lake in Myanmar and one of the highest as well.


Pindaya Cave, Heho: Be amazed when you visit this cave with its countless pagodas.

Buddhist Temple Complex, Monya: Here, you can find Bodhi Tataung, the second tallest statue in the world, plus many more Buddhas and temples.


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