PLACE TO VISIT IN YAN­GON

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport -

1. The Zoo Yan­gon Zoological Gar­dens is the old­est zoo in Myan­mar, it was opened in 1901 in hon­our of then re­gent Queen Vic­to­ria. It has nearly 200 species and 1,100 an­i­mals all to­gether in a 70 acre recre­ational park. Fees for adult cost only K1,000 and for child, it costs K500. Open daily from 8am to 6pm. Ad­dress- No. 40, Kabaraye Pagoda Road, Dagon Town­ship,yan­gon.

2. U Thant House U Thant, gen­eral sec­re­tary of UN from 1961 to 1971 is fa­mous for his great po­lit­i­cal and diplo­matic skills, revered abroad and at home. His house was re­built by his son U Thant Myint Oo, who launched a mu­seum in 2012. His speeches are screened in the up­stairs floor and en­trance fee is K5000. Open only on Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day from 10am to 5pm. Ad­dress- No. 31, Pan Wah lane, Yan­gon, Ka­maryut Town­ship, Myan­mar. 09 32100785

3. 19th street The street of bars and snacks, vis­i­tors can choose from plenty of barbeque on this street. The scene starts to gain some mo­men­tum around 6pm (af­ter of­fice hours) and gets crowded un­til around 11pm. Cheap and fresh bbq and beers makes the street mem­o­rable. Restau­rants and bars are open daily from about 5pm to mid­night. Ad­dress- 19th street, China Town, Lathar Town­ship, Yan­gon.

4. Bo­tah­taung Har­bor En­joy­ing sun­set views from Bo­tah­taung har­bor is al­ways a good idea re­gard­less of cir­cum­stances. You can ob­serve the busy bees that come to work in Yan­gon from Dala town­ship pass­ing over the Yan­gon River. If you de­sire, you can take the ferry boat to an­other side at a cheap price (only K200). From the early morn­ing un­til late at night, the har­bor is alive and even fes­tive with food stalls and vis­i­tors. Ad­dress- Bo­tah­taung har­bor, Bo­tah­taung Town­ship, Yan­gon.

5. Hlawga wildlife park Run away from the noisy city life to Hlawga jun­gle. It only takes about 1 hour to drive. Right away, you will en­counter the mon­key vil­lage, so if you bring ba­nanas, they will be happy to tour you around. Hippo, dears, ele­phants and other an­i­mals can be found in wider, less op­pres­sive spa­ces than Yan­gon’s Zoo, men­tioned above. Fee is K5000 for adult and K3000 for child. Opens from 6am to 5pm. Ad­dress-hlawga Park, Min­gal­adon Town­ship, Yan­gon.

6. Bo­gyoke Market The colo­nial bazaar, which opened in 1926 as a Scott market, and still re­mains a ma­jor at­trac­tion (or trap) to tourists, sells ev­ery­thing from veg­eta­bles to gems. The al­ways busy market com­pound can ac­com­mo­date space for taste­ful street snacks and a place to re­lax. Tra­di­tional slip­pers be­long­ing to eth­nic groups can be found among other rare re­galia and for art cra­zies - the gal­leries are also open. Market opens daily 9am to 5pm ex­cept Mon­day. Ad­dress- Bo­gyoke Market, Pabe­dan Town­ship, Yan­gon. 7. Inya Lake It pro­vides the wa­ter sup­ply to Yan­gon cit­i­zens. The lake was made a reser­voir in 1882 but later, it be­came the largest recre­ational lake in Myan­mar. It was also a his­tor­i­cal place for univer­sity stu­dents - the rev­o­lu­tion in 1988 (peo­ple died in it). In the evening, the lake from Pyay road side is swelling with vis­i­tors. Open daily from 6am to 11pm. Ad­dress-inya Lake, Pyay road and Kabaraye Pagoda Road, Yan­gon.

8. Cir­cu­lar Train Tak­ing the train is the best first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence of the peo­ple’s liv­ing be­cause it is mainly used for daily trans­porta­tion. There are 39 sta­tions along the rail­way but ticket price is only K200. From the early morn­ing un­til around 9:30am, and again in evening around 5pm to 7pm, the trains are crowded with their daily riders. Ven­dors and dif­fer­ent views of Yan­gon can be found in and out of the trains. Ad­dress-yan­gon cen­tral Rail­way Sta­tion, Min­galar Taung Nyunt Town­ship, Yan­gon. 9. Kyaik Hmaw Wun Pagoda It is also well known as Yele Kyauk Tan Pagoda be­cause it was built in cen­ter of Hmaw Wun creek, trib­u­tary of the Yan­gon River in Kyauk­tan Town­ship. It takes about one hour from Yan­gon down­town but since you pass the Than Lyin bridge, the views are dif­fer­ent, re­sem­bling more a ru­ral area. To ar­rive at the pagoda, all peo­ple have to take ferry boats and nearby, there are many juice shops. Ad­dress-kyauk­tan Town­ship, Yan­gon Re­gion.

10. In­door Sky­div­ing Yan­gon Opened last year and run by the Tat­madaw, this is the first in­door sky­div­ing cen­tre in Yan­gon. The senseation of ex­cite­ment and ex­pe­ri­ence of the air tun­nel will make you feel younger. For lo­cals, it costs K30,000 for 2 min­utes. There is a 20 min­utes pack­age with groups that will cost K18,0000. For for­eign­ers, the pack­age price is $180. Open daily from 9am to 8pm. Ad­dress- 9 Mile, Taw Win Road, Mayan­gon Town­ship, Yan­gon. 09 766699222

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