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For most visitors, one of the most captivating parts of Rangoon is the regimented grid of streets known as Downtown, with a large concentration of colonial-era buildings built during British rule from 1824 to 1948 (when this was briefly one...

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ဗဟန်းလမ်း, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Revered as Burma’s most sacred Buddhist site, the 2,600-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda has a golden stupa you can see from anywhere in the city. Throughout the day crowds of locals and tourists can be found filing along its four covered stairways...

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Junction of Sule Pagoda Road, မဟာဗန္ဓုလလမ်း, Yangon 11141, Myanmar (Burma)

"See you in Sule" is a common refrain among friends meeting up in downtown Rangoon. A car-choked traffic island might seem like an incongruous place for a spiritual monument, but this golden stupa in the heart of the city’s colonial-era grid...

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66 Pyay Rd, Yangon 11191, Myanmar (Burma)

This museum has a number of noteworthy Burmese treasures displayed in its 14 galleries, including ancient artifacts, furniture, Buddhist imagery, jewelry, art and more. One of the standouts of the collection is the gilded Lion...

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Kandawgyi Lake Compound, Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township, Yangon 11221, Myanmar (Burma)

Floating on a barge on Kandawgyi Lake, the shiny Karaweik Palace resembles its antique pagoda cousins—but it was actually constructed in the 1970s. Built to resemble the ceremonial barges used by Burmese kings, the palace now...

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No.(562), 78 street, Between 37 street and 38 street, Haymamarlar Taung Ward, Mahaaungmyae Township, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

The last royal capital of Burma (it was built in 1857–59 by King Mindon), Mandalay is considered by many to be the country's cultural capital. There are many important temples and monasteries here, as well as the famous Mandalay Palace....

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A short drive from Mandalay is the former royal capital of Amarapura, but what most people come here for is to walk the length of the 1.2-kilometer-long (0.75-mile-long) U Bein Bridge across Lake Taungthaman. Set on stilts above the water, it is...

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Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

No photograph can ever do justice to Bagan (also called Pagan), truly one of the most breathtaking sights in Asia. Set on the banks of the Irrawaddy River in the Mandalay region, it saw thousands of temples built here between the 11th...

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Ngapali Beach, Myanmar (Burma)

What's not to love about palm-tree-fringed white-sand beaches facing the turquoise waters of the Bay of Bengal? They're the main attraction of Ngapali, one of Burma's most captivating seaside destinations—actually a string of...

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Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma)

Hpa-An, 270 kilometers (167 miles) southeast of Rangoon, is a sleepy town on the banks of the Salween River. A short drive south rewards you with the spectacular sight of the gravity-defying, golden Kyauk Ka Lat Pagoda,...