Getting to know the city Yangon
The third day after our arrival we planned a city tour. Our guides were 2 local Burmese from our host organization.
Our first stop was the National Museum in Yangon. I am not very into museums but it was not bad at all. I learned something about Myanmar history and at least I found out what I would like to visit and see in Myanmar.
After visiting the museum we went to eat traditional Myanmar lunch. They order for us a big plate full of different food. In Myanmar, everyone tends to share food at the table. Traditionally, it should be eaten by hands, but in large cities this habit is no longer used. And one of the things I quickly get used to is that to every meal there is automatically offered tea.
After lunch we went to the city center. Along the way we saw a lot of old British colonial buildings. Yangon is one of the finest places for viewing colonial architecture, as it has the highest concentration of colonial buildings in the world. Myanmar became a colony of Britain and after independence, the country had been run by a military regime where no infrastructure improvements were made, leaving colonial structures standing. However, many of these beautiful structures now stand in disrepair.
Then we saw the City Town Hall and Sule Pagoda which are located in the heart of downtown Yangon.
But it started to rain heavily, which is nothing unusual because it is the rainy season. We hid in a cozy café where we met another girl from our guest organization.
When it got darker and stopped raining, we moved to the Shwedagon Pagoda. Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred budhist pagoda in Myanmar. This Pagoda is 2,500 years old and enshrines strands of Buddha’s hair and other holy relics. Shwedagon Pagoda today stands close to 110 meters and 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.
Finally we ended our day with myanmar beer and bbq.