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A thousand Buddha images on the Irrawaddy cliffs of Akauk Thaung Mountain near Pyay

When the idea of a trip to Pyay was first articulated, it came from two Burmese housekeepers in collusion — eager to show this foreigner something beautiful about Myanmar.

A van was arranged and we rolled out of town up Pyay Road in the Yangon darkness at 3:30 am.

Once we got

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The Rangoon War Cemetery
(Kyun Taw Road, San Chaung
Township)

On the topic of graves, the Rangoon War Cemetery (lesser-known that the Taukkyan War Cemetery north of the city) contains the graves or memorials honouring the memory of 1,381 soldiers who died in the Second World War and 5

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St Mary’s Cathedral  (Corner of Bogyoke Road and Bo Aung Kyaw Street, Kyauktada Township) 

The Shwedagon Pagoda is the sightseeing king of Yangon, but the Catholics made a good faith effort with St Mary’s Cathedral, a vast edifice of towers and spires completed in 1911 by Dutch

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The Tomb of Bahadur Shah Zafar
(Zi Wa Ka Street, just south of Shwedagon Pagoda)

The last emperor of India, Bahadur Shah Zafar, rests in Yangon—a fact taken for granted by Muslim visitors from India, but lesser-known to ordinary tourists.
Bahadur Shah Zafar died in 1862 after he was

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