Although the capital city has moved north to Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Myanmar—the city formerly known as Rangoon, located 350 mi/565 km south of Mandalay—remains Myanmar's cultural and commercial hub.
The city's foremost attraction is the Shwedagon Pagoda, set in a 14-acre/6-hectare plaza of shrines and temples. The 326-ft-/98-m-high pagoda, which reportedly holds eight hairs from the Buddha, is topped by a spire covered with 5,000 diamonds. Shwedagon is, in some ways, as striking as the Taj Maha... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide. travel42 offers professionally written guides on more than 5,700 travel destinations and ports-of-call worldwide. Go to travel-42.com to learn more, or call 1.866.566.8136 to subscribe. Copyright (c) 2014 Northstar Travel Media, LLC. travel42.