Yangon, the commercial city, is the main gateway to Myanmar. Evergreen and cool with lush tropical trees, shady parks and beautiful lakes, Yangon has earned the name of the Garden City of the East. Yangon was founded by King Alaungpaya on the site of a small village called Dagon when he conquered Lower Myanmar in 1755. The name of Yangon means " End of Strife" which was anglicized to Rangoon. The present day Yangon covers over 350 sq. kilometers and has a population of over 6 million.
Mandalay is the ancient capital of Myanmar during the Konbaung Period. The city has the Royal Mandalay Palace which has been renovated after a great fire. The Palace has been built with the Myanmar cultural taste. The Mandalay Hill and the Moat are also some more to see.
Bagan was the first Myanmar Empire which was founded by King Anawraha. Bagan was a rich city during the ancient times and it was said that almost everyone donated and built temples and pagodas. Some of those ancient monuments and ruins are still found in Bagan today. Bagan is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia. The most famous monuments in Bagan are Ananda Temple, Thabbyinnyu, Dhammayangyi and Shwezigon Pagoda.
Mrauk U is an ancient destination with cultural heritage in Rakhine State. The Mrauk U Kings established the kingdom and the prominence of the traditions. Today, many remains and ruins of temples and pagodas made of the sandstones show the richness of Rakhine's cultural destination.