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Shwedagon pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda: The Best Pagoda in Myanmar

Introduction It’s one thing to see the Shwedagon Pagoda (Shwedagon Zedi Daw) (ရွှေတိဂုံဘုရား), it’s another thing entirely to know what it is you’re seeing! It is one of the most important sites to see in Asia – a magnificent soaring religious structure that is beautiful, serene and spiritual. Even if you didn’t have a clue …

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Bagan Sunrise

Sunrise Bagan: The Best Ways and Places to Experience It

Sunrise Bagan The vastness of the Bagan plain, an area of 40 square miles, with over 10,000 pagodas constructed over 250 years, is hard to visualize. And that’s not including the 3000 teak monasteries that once stood among the temples! If you are hiking in Asia and you’re on the ground in Bagan, you can …

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downtown yangon

Yangon Itinerary: Best Things to Do in Yangon for 1, 2, and 3 Days

Introduction As a young and eager anthropologist, I set up home in Yangon (Rangoon), having learned to speak, read and write Burmese and armed with a lot of small bills US dollars. Over the years I returned to Yangon, the suburbs and slums where I lived and took my husband and daughter there for periods …

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