picture of Yangon at night

Things To Do In Yangon – What A Mysterious Place!

Yangon or Rangoon is the largest mysterious city in Myanmar. From the airplane, Yangon looks like the field after harvesting with the golden patches of straw or grassland. The brilliant towers of temples which are outstanding between the large straw rug and grass, you can easily see anywhere from a village to a city. Moreover, a peaceful and sad feeling is the first impression of my journey in this country. In this article, All Know-How will review things to do in Yangon – a masterpiece in Myanmar.

Yangon Myanmar
Yangon Myanmar

Thanaka – The Natural Cosmetics Of Myanmar Women

Thanakha - the natural cosmetics
Thanakha – the natural cosmetics

When the plane landed, Yin Yin – the local guide was the first person we met. She made an impression on us by the greeting “Mingalaba” in Myanmar. With her thinness, youth, self-motivation, fun and bright force, we hope to have an interesting trip. Yin Yin welcomed us with the traditional longer costume. However, Thanaka, the widely used sunscreen by Myanmar women, caught our eyes most of the time.

Thanakha wood
Thanakha wood

Thanaka, which appeared and was used for a long time in Myanmar, was officially mentioned in the 14th century under Razadarit King. This is the flour made from apple bark, a popular tree in the Central of Myanmar, South and Southeast Asia. In Myanmar, Thanaka is considered as one of the secrets for women skin to become younger, anti-acne and aging.  Yin Yin is so happy to invite us to try on covering a little Thanaka on the face. Feeling cool after using Thanaka helps us forget the 30 degree Celsius outside in Yangon.

the beauty from Thanaka
the beauty from Thanaka

Additionally, we found a lot of roadside shops or markets selling the small logs and grinding tool. According to Yin Yin, these people are very fond of this specialty. They wanted to grind themselves to get Thanaka flour instead of buying in the markets. To visit these temples, we should use sandals. The tourist and local people have to take off their sandal or shoes outside of the gate at any temples.

Shwedagon, The Most Sacred Temple In Myanmar

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Shwedagon Pagoda is also called the Golden Pagoda because of the brilliant gilding of Stupa Tower construction. The letter “Shwe” in Shwedagon means the gold. The name reminds a country’s marked period, also called Dagon or Golden Land. The pagoda is 98 meters high with the golden tower, on the top of Singuttara Hill. There are four main entrances from East, West, South, and North in this pagoda.

The pagoda stores the sacred treasures of Buddhism like the eight hairs of Buddha. It was built before the Buddha’s death about 2,500 years ago. There is a 76 carat diamond on the golden tower, the visitors can see the diamond light from the bottom of the tower based on light systems.

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Moving with the clockwise around the tower, we found the statue of Buddha according to our birthday. There are eight one’s corners with the birth of week from Monday to Sunday, especially, Wednesday has both the morning and the afternoon.  Like other Myanmar people, I solemnly prayed, respectfully offered small wreaths prepared outside the gate at own right place. After that, we expressed the sincerity by watering the statue three times.

Yangon At Night

Yangon by night
Yangon by night

We strolled around the neighborhood near the hotel at the largest mysterious city center in the evening, most of the electronics supermarkets and small costume shop were closed. The central part is opposite the town hall.

The timeless color of the buildings dated back to the British colonial era in the 19th century. In the city center, only a few workers picked up the “legal” buses to get home, because of after the official time, there would be many cars ready to pick guests up with a slightly higher price.

Yangon night market
Yangon night market

The thinly populated market remained a few fried stores and convenience stores in the street. I paid attention to small rectangular tables, where the Myanmar men in the traditional costume relaxed, chewed betel and told stories at the end of the day.

Yangon Traditional Habits

Chewing betel is the traditional habit passed down for many years in Myanmar. The favorite habit is not only for the ladies but for the young. The pieces of betel are simple and sole as a piece of goods, next to the quite old apartment with so small stairs.

Myanmar's beterl chewer
Myanmar’s betel chewer

There are some large electric generators before these apartments or shopping centers in the largest mysterious city. There is, from time to time, a power shortage at the central area, so the large power capacity machines play a key role. The hotel we stayed is sometimes in the “power cut state to reduce the load”.

Yangon in the future
Yangon in the future

In the few coming years, Myanmar will be far from the moment. My journey is not too late to grab the outstanding characteristics, the own unique of the country with a golden past. We hope to get the familiar “Mingalaba” greeting, cover with Thanaka sunscreen, see the high sacred glitter tower in the sunshine afternoon when coming back. For more information about these places, follow and read other articles at All Know-How.

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