Burma is a country of various archictural wonders. The Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is out of hundreds of colorful temples, stupas and statues around Burma the most impressive and important. The Shwedagon Pagoda is located in downtown Yangon on Shwedagon Pagoda Road on Singuttara Hill, Dagon township, just West of Kandawgyi Lake.
It is said that no visit to Myanmar is complete without a trip to Shwedagon Pagoda. This 2,500-years old structure, which contains the relics of four Buddhas, is the guardian temple of Yangon and the most sacred site for the people of Myanmar. Shwedagon is dazzling by day but becomes truly magical by night when the whole place is lit up.
The Shwedagon Pagoda stands close to 110 meters since 1776, covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top is encrusted with 4531 diamonds. This temple is a must see for the tourists. But whoever visits the temple should wear respective clothes . It is truly a maginificent art of the Artchitecture.
Out of hundreds of colorful temples, stupas and statues around Burma the Karaweik Hall, also known as Karaweik Palace is another architecture marvel ! The hall actually is a concrete structure looking like two enormous golden birds with a roof in the shape of a Pyatthat, a Burmese style multi tiered very ornate roof structure. It is located in the South East corner of Kandawgyi Lake, a large lake in downtown Yangon.
Karaweik Hall looks like a huge golden barge floating on Kandawgyi Lake, glittering in the sun. But at the night it barge is lit up in spotlights, the golden stupa reflecting in the water of Lake Kandawgyi.
At the present, they serve an international buffet in large ornate halls along with a cultural show at a moderate price. They also cater to gala occasions such as weddings, receptions, and social and business events.
This huge concrete replica of a royal barge is not only a great place for tourists but also for a romantic dinner. Indeed, these beautiful creations of mankind proves that Yangon is indeed "The Golden City"!
Author: Ishan Hasnat
photo source: autocountries.com
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