After the 2010 election the Burmese government changed significantly, making Burma a safe and appealing destination for travelers seeking somewhere new and authentic. Home to awe-inspiring religious monuments, charming colonial architecture and colorful street markets, there’s never been a better time to visit Yangon.
If you were only able to visit one place in Yangon, it would have to be the sacred site of 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, where strands of Buddha’s hair and other relics are enshrined. Shwedagon is one of the most elaborate structures: the gold-plated pagoda stands at over 320ft and the top of the stupa is encrusted with 5,448 diamonds, 2,317 rubies, sapphires and other gems.
Make sure to wander the 2,000-odd shops at the Bogyoke Aung San Market, where you will find all the souvenirs you need. If you enjoy seafood and most Asian cuisine, then you will love the Chinese, Indian and Thai influences in Burmese cuisine. Be sure to try laphet thohk (green tea salad), made from pickled tea leaves; and mohinga, a bowl of rice noodles covered in delicious fish soup.
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