February 11, 2014
It's our first full day in Yangon! I look out the window to make sure Shwedagon is still there. It is!! Almost glowing-beautiful even from this distance. With coupons in hand we head downstairs and over to the Parkview Cafe where the breakfast buffet is. We hand over our coupons to the hostess/greeter, find a table, and are quickly asked if we want coffee or tea. The buffet is a huge spread and just by the outside seating area is the egg station. I have what will be my usual breakfast for the this trip-1 egg, toast or danish, fruit, juice, and coffee. Everything looks good. Now it's time to make plans for the day and explore the hotel now that it's daylight! First I make arrangements with the hotel for a driver to take us sightseeing. $10 per hour-wow-pricey but I agree for the few hrs. we will need. We have time to do a quick tour of the hotel. Huge lobby area with lots of seating, a business office area that also sells some items like nail clippers which I need, area that sells very nice looking jewelry, and of course that pool that my husband is overjoyed to see. Near the pool area is a well equipped gym. There's also a florist shop and a bar and a huge ballroom where weddings, etc. are held.
|View of Shwedagon from our room|
|View using telephoto lens function|
|Entrance to Summit Parkview|
|Dagon Bar at hotel|
|This is also where the breakfast buffet is located.|
SULE PAGODA entrance fee $6 for us both. Our driver has parked in a large parking area where he will wait for us. We cross the busy street by the designated crossing area. Over 2000 yrs. old, located on a busy roundabout.
|A Hinthar bird carrying a pagoda on top of its body.|
From here we start our mini walk. We pass CITY HALL, walk around inside MAHABANDOLA GARDEN up to the INDEPENDENCE MONUMENT, out to the BAPTIST CHURCH, the HIGH COURT, the CUSTOM HOUSE.
|Immanuel Baptist Church-founded in 1885, destroyed during WWII, rebuilt 1952.|
|City Hall-construction finished in 1936. Listed on the Yangon City Heritage list.|
|High Court-formerly known as Parliament for Justice. Constructed in 1914 before World War l.|
|View of City Hall from inside Mahabandoola Park|
|View of Sule from Mahabandoola Park|
|Custom House-well preserved British building. Located along Strand Road where most colonial buildings are.|
We walk back to our car and driver and go to BOTATAUNG PAGODA-Pagoda of the thousand military leaders. They escorted the relics of the Buddha brought over from India over 2000 yrs. ago. Located near the Yangon River.
|Buddha's sacred hair relic in the main pagoda|
|Botahtaung Boe Boe Gyi|
We then walk over to the YANGON RIVER. Busy.
Over to ST. MARY'S CATHEDRAL, then the STRAND HOTEL. The hotel is Victorian style built in 1896 by Aviet and Tigran Sarkie. Opened in 1901 and faces the Yangon River to the south. We go inside this hotel I've read about. I really wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. We decide to have lunch here. Cost $21. Our driver takes us back to the hotel. I's now 1:30 so I pay $40 for our "tour." The rest of the afternoon is spent at the pool.
|St. Mary's Cathedral-designed by a Dutch architect, completed in 1899.|
|Lunch at the Strand|
|Me and my lazy feet and my DH swimming away the afternoon at the hotel pool-bliss!!|
|Dining in the outside garden area|
|Mixed veg. tempura|
|Chicken curry with potatoes-delicious!|
|Cauliflower and carrots|
|Stir fry shrimp with peas in the pod|
|Getting dark so lanterns are on|
|Friendly, efficient wait staff|