The Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake is one of two famous lakes in Yangon. Located east of the Shwedagon Pagoda, this artificial lake built by the British as a reservoir, is most attractive at sunset with the glittering Shwedagon’s reflection on the calm waters. Often seen on the boardwalk, which runs along the southern and western sides of the lake, are early morning joggers or couples and families out for a weekend stroll. Just east of the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, on the southern side of the lake, floats a Shin Upagot shrine. Upagot is a Bodhisattva (Buddhist saint) who is said to protect human beings in moments of mortal danger.
Shwedagon Pagoda view
The elegant Shwedagon Pagoda is Yangon’s most famous landmark, gleaming in gold and decorated with diamonds, the 99 metre high gold plated pagoda is a spectacular work of Burmese temple architecture and the holiest Buddhist shrine in Myanmar. Catch the beautiful view of the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda by night from the deck of Rachel’s kitchen & lounge, after dark, there is a mystical aura. It will also make for beautiful photos and a conversation piece amongst family and friends.
Kandawgyi Palace Hotel Architecture
Originally built by the British as an exclusive rowing club in 1934, the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel has an old architecture charm. The lavish use of teak wood is a feature of the hotel with designs based on traditional Myanmar architecture. It is attractively set in Kandawgyi National Park overlooking the Kandawgyi Lake.