No vacation in Yangon is complete without a visit to the Shwedagon Paya pagoda. You can't miss it, as this ornate, gilded structure – one of Buddhism's holiest sites—dominates the city skyline. Yangon is home to a plethora of pagodas, and they're all worth a visit. Other notable pagodas and temples include Sule, Botataung, Chauk Htat Gyi, Kyauktawgyi, and Kaba Aye. Be sure to browse car rentals in Yangon so that you can pagoda-hop with ease. Of course, Yangon is more than its remarkable temples. Buy antique Burmese handicrafts at the Bogyoke market and learn about the country's history at the National Museum of Myanmar. Geologists and jewelry-lovers alike will love the Myanmar Gems Museum.
Recurring Festivals and Events
Hotels in Yangon provide a perfect home base during the region's many festivals. The most notable annual event is Thingyan, Myanmar's "Water Festival," which occurs around April according to the lunar calendar in honor of the Burmese New Year. Visit in April and May to witness celebrations of important Buddhist events, including the birth of the Buddha and his death. June and July brings the Waso Festival, where youths bestow flowers upon pagodas. Thandingyit, the Festival of Lights, takes place in October, and November's unique Tazaungdaing Festival will allow you to witness an all-night weaving competition.
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