Discover an ancient culture steeped in Buddhist tradition during this visit to the world-renowned Stupa Shwedagon and Chanmyaeyeiktha Monastery.
Depart the pier via coach with your guide for the hour-long drive through the country to the capital city of Yangon, the Garden City of the East. Yangon is filled with lush tropical trees, evergreen avenues, enchanting parks and beautiful lakes, with little of the skyscrapers, crowds and fast-pace lifestyles found in most modern-day cities. Flanked by water on three sides, Yangon offers numerous sightseeing opportunities, from ancient temples to old Colonial buildings.
En route to Yangon, you will pass by the old town of Thanlyin, then cross over the bridge on the Bago River for a visit to the world-famous Stupa Shwedagon. This 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda is located on a 190-foot hilltop on the last mountain-spur, or Singuttra Hillock, stretching from the Bago Mountain Range. For centuries, this glittering stupa has been highly venerated as a symbol of architectural perfection, and the appearance of Gautama Buddha in the present world.
Next, you will proceed for a visit to the Chanmyaeyeiktha Monastery, a famous meditation center for the study and practice of Vipassana, a process of self-purification by self-observation process taught by the Buddha in India 2500 years ago. Chanmyae means Peace and Yeiktha means Venue. So, the meaning of Chanmyaeyeiktha is Peace and Calm Venue. The Chanmyaeyeiktha Monastery functions as both a meditation center and monastery with resident monks, or meditation teachers, and nuns. You will learn about the monks, their disciplined lifestyle and dedication to Buddhist studies. You will also have a unique opportunity to interview Buddhist monks and preachers in the World Buddhist Institute, one of Yangon's several world-renowned centers of Buddhism.
Following your tour, you will rejoin your coach for the one-hour return drive to Thilawa Wharf, and the ship.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing as well as numerous steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Conservative attire is required and shoulders and knees must be covered. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. When entering places of worship, visitors must remove their shoes and socks.