For decades Burma has been a state riddled with political instability and economic uncertainty. This has shielded avid travellers from discovering the beauty of the country and has reduced the appeal of Burma as a possible tourist destination. However, in the recent past, the state has become an attractive destination for travellers, following the holding of an election in 2015 leading to the establishment of a legitimate Government. Those visiting the city for the first time would find the former capital city, Yangon, captivating particularly because of the numerous architectural and heritage sites that reside within its city limits. These attractions include the Shwedagon Pagoda, the Allied War Memorial, Bogyoke Market and the Kandawgyi Lake which are all sites that should be visited by a first time traveller residing in a hotel in Yangon.
The Kandawgyi Lake in particular, is a site that must be visited. Also known as the Royal Lake, the Kandawgyi Lake is the logical place to visit after the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Bogyoke Park. A view of the Lake can be obtained from the Park, the Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon or anyone of the numerous hotels found on its banks. However, one of the best views of the Lake can be had from the Karaweik Hall which is a restaurant housed within a concrete replica of a royal barge.
The Hall boasts of a golden exterior and thus, provides for a stunning view, especially at night when the Barge is lit up and the light reflects off the waters of the Lake. Therefore, Karaweik Hall is certainly one of the highlights that should not be missed when visiting Yangon. The Hall is open every day from 4am to 10pm and tourists who visit the Lake in the evening can also opt for a cultural show from 6pm onwards.
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