Schwedagon “The Golden Temple”

You know, Myanmar is a new destination for traveling recently. The country is just open and luckily, I have a chance to visit the capital city of the country, Yangon, as a business-travel trip with my uncle (actually, he did the business and I traveled hehe :p).

I see that Yangon is not a really ideal play for those who want a dynamic, active city with a vibrant nightlife or a long beach with white sands and palm trees. Yangon is quite ideal for a spiritual trip especially Buddhism.

There are a lot of temples at Yangon, but the most well-known one is the Golden Temple (and also is the one that I visited). As the name Golden Temple, your eyes would be ‘yellow-ed’ when going to this place. Everything is yellow, golden then yellow, golden. Unlucky that I have gone to this place in a rainy day so I can see everything even more shiny and brighter under the sun.

Schwedagon The Golden Temple

Schwedagon The Golden Temple

Not only bright in the outside, all the details inside the temples and all the statues are in golden. A lot of people, mostly the local, come here to pray and glue the very thin golden plate into the statues. 1015838_3298620720047_917752482_o1053114_3298673921377_547541283_o 1048938_3298649800774_1787017587_o1053218_3298637680471_449135480_o 1053285_3298494796899_563676058_o1064972_3298631560318_297822346_o

Besides the temples, hanging around and going to markets are what I have done at Yangon. Going around, I can see old houses and old buildings at the city. The men here wear a traditional kind of dress called Longyi (At the first look, I was thought that it was a dress). Women at Myanmar use a cream called Thanaka. They apply it on their face and sometimes on arm to reduce acne and make the skin smooth [sometimes boys also use it].

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Going to the market, there are a lot of products sold there. I especially interest on pictures which are made from stones and gems. It’s quite expensive and if you can find a good store, maybe you can have a good deal :D. At the market, you can try some traditional foods and cakes made here. It’s good in my opinion. However, as the country is just open recently, locals are not so good at English so you have to be patient to deal with them.

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Nightlife at the city is not so lively, I have chosen BBQ and grill for dinner. Then have some coffee to end of a day. I have gone to a coffee shop located in one of a building at the center. At this place, I can see the Golden Temple bright shiny in the night. 1052335_3298853845875_121754374_o

In the last day, I realized that Myanmar has reminded me a Vietnam in 1975 with old houses, quiet environment and friendly people. The receptionists at the hotel I stayed were very friendly saying goodbye to me. And even there was an ‘crow army’ lined up to bye me LOL. Also, I have had a chance to take beautiful smiles of the kids at Myanmar.





Khoi Nguyen
Khoi founded The Broad Life to save his memories of places that he has been visited. And he wants to share his memories with everyone to inspire people go exploring the world.