|Bogyoke Aun San Market or it used to be called Scott Market|
|Poster in a local theatre, see the girl on the right who's wearing Tanakha powder|
Bogyoke Aung San market in Bogyoke Aung San road was my destination. On my way walking there, I followed my intuition to stop by at Traders Hotel. It is located in the cross section of Sule Road and Bogyoke Aung San Road. The jewelry shop has three sets of gems cufflink. The jade ones look nice. Mission accomplished!
|Street painter in front of Bogyoke Aung San market|
I continued my jalan-jalan and shopping to the main destination which is the Bogyoke Aung San market. My guess is that this market is similar to Ben Thanh market in Saigon or Chatuchakin Bangkok. I was right. It is where the tourists go for souvenir and stuff.
|Bring enough cash for shopping in Yangon! Kyat is the local currency|
Among all of the textile shops, I noticed Batik clothes. I came closer to pay more attention, how beautiful they are, colorful in different patterns... Decent packaging in plastic, but wait...the logo on the plastic is familiar to me... It looks like...Batik Keris! Indeed it's Batik Keris from Indonesia!
|One of the building nearby Bogyoke Aung San Market|
|Reclining Buddha - Chauk Htat Gyi|
This is the second Reclining Buddha that I had ever visited after the Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand. Here’s more story that I wrote about it Thailand, visit the most popular highlights of bangkok in one day
|Reclining Buddha, Yangon|
Chauk Htat Gyi and Wat Pho are different in style and size. The Wat Pho Reclining Buddha is 43 meter long. Meanwhile the Chauk Htat Gyi is 70 meter long.
|Feet of Reclining Buddha, Yangon|
Anyway, pic of this two Reclining Buddha tells explains all…
|Reclining Buddha in Yangon (left) & Bangkok (right)|
The work on Chauk Htat Gyi was started in 1899. It was extended and modified during construction. Extensive reconstruction completed in 1973 extended the length of the image to what it is now.
|The Monestery of where the Reclining Buddha is|
The lady at the Tour Desk told me that this pagoda is well-known by the locals. It was first built the time as was Shwedagon Pagoda—according to local belief, over 2500 years.
|Entrance of Botataung Pagoda|
|Small shops around Botataung Pagoda|
First, the pagoda is hollow within, and houses what is believed to be a sacred hair of Gautama Buddha.
|Buddha Bronze Image at Botataung Pagoda|
Second, it is the Buddha’s bronze image. It was made of gold, silver, bronze, iron and lead in different proportion.
Andrew, my tour guide, told me an interesting legend about it. This Buddha’s image was cast from Mandalay Palace in Myanmar and was shipped to Britain by the British Army in 1888. The image was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
|This bell was made in 1913|
At the end, this Buddha’s image was returned home, to Myanmar, in 1951.
My mind wandered...
Could I go home without Suu Kyi's mug that I hadn't bought for my loved one? No worries, I'd buy it on Saturday before we meant to leave Yangon...