Yangon, Myanmar, and Schwedagon “The Golden Temple”
You know, Myanmar is a new destination to travel to recently. The country is just open. Luckily, I have a chance to visit the capital city of the country, Yangon, on a business-travel trip with my uncle. Actually, he is the one who does business and I just follow up.
At this time, it’s a little bit hard to get a travel visa from Myanmar. Business one is easier. Nevertheless, for anyone who wants to step on this land, you can register Myanmar online evisa.
In my hand was a passport with a Myanmar visa inside, I landed in the country’s capital city. To me, Yangon is not a really ideal place for those who want a dynamic, active city with vibrant nightlife, or a long beach with white sands and palm trees. On the other hand, Yangon is quite ideal for a spiritual trip, especially for Buddhism. Fortunately, I had a chance to visit several spots around the city, and there were a lot of things stored in my memory.
I can remember very clearly the weather in this capital city. Even I don’t know if it is the same for every place in Myanmar. However, in Yangon city, people always carry an umbrella every time they go out because rain can suddenly happen at any time. I’m notified by the hotel receptionist, and that info makes me interested.
Schwedagon ‘The Golden Temple’
The temples should be put on top of places to visit in Yangon. There are a lot of temples in the city. However, the most well-known one is the Golden Temple, also it 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 golden, yellow. Unluckily, I went to this place on a rainy day so I cannot see everything as shiny and brighter as it is under the sun.
Not only bright on the outside, but all the details inside the temples and all the statues are also golden. A lot of people, mostly the locals, come here to pray and glue the very thin golden plate into the statues.
Things to Do in Yangon
Besides the temples, I love hanging around the city and going to the markets. I can see many old houses, and old buildings in Yangon, Myanmar.
The superb interesting thing here is the men wear a traditional kind of dress called Longyi, which I thought it actually a dress at first look. Women in Myanmar use a cream called Thanaka. They put it on their face and sometimes on their arms to reduce acne and make the skin smooth. The men also use Thanaka sometimes.
Going to the market, there are a lot of products sold there. I was especially interested in pictures that 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.
Evenly, in the market, you can try some traditional foods and cakes made here. It’s good in my opinion. However, as the country just opened recently, locals are not so good at English so you have to be patient to deal with them.
Nightlife in the city is not so lively, I have chosen a BBQ and grill for dinner. Then have some drinks to end the day. I went to a coffee shop located in one of the buildings at the center. At this place, I can see the Golden Temple bright and shiny at night.
On the last day, I realized that Yangon, Myanmar reminded me of Vietnam in 1975 with old houses, a quiet environment, and friendly people. The receptionists at the hotel I stayed in were very friendly saying goodbye to me. There was even a lined-up ‘crow army’ to bye me LOL. On top of all, I have had a chance to take beautiful smiles from the kids in Myanmar.
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