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  • Melanie Beard

Delving into Myanmar's History

A confusing and hypnotizing conglomeration of architectural styles – from striking colonial buildings to modern structures and ancient religious temples – make up the bustling and fascinating city center of Yangon, where the elegant and contemporary Sule Shangri-La Yangon hotel rises above a hectic street. In this city that vacillates between the past and the present, this wonderful hotel offers us the best of both worlds.

While the exterior of the building is modern, the hotel lobby evokes the days of the colonial era with imposing white columns and a grand staircase that ascends to an open balcony. The classic print extends to the adjacent double-height living room in the foyer, where a staggered glass chandelier highlights a wall mural and panel details with intricate peacock motifs.

Wrapped in the mysticism of the magical country of Myanmar, steeped in its history and immersed in its culture, Sule Shangri-La takes us by the hand to enter and venture between the temples, monuments, pagodas, and buildings of Yangon, the starting point for any trip to this fascinating country.

A few steps away is the famous golden Sule pagoda of more than 2,000 years, and from the wide windows of the hotel we can see in the distance the most important religious symbol of the whole country: the Shwedagon Pagoda. This is one of the most beautiful architectural and spiritual wonders in the world. On the western margin of the Royal Lake in the Singuttara hills, this Buddhist complex attracts thousands of Burmese who visit it daily, making a ‘kora’, a prayer done by going around the stupa in the anti-clockwise direction. The colors of the traditional 'longyi' the locals wear contrasting with the dazzling gold of the pagoda. A moment of pure magic, visiting this stunning site at nightfall transports us to a world of unforgettable mysticism.

Myanmar is a country of contrasts, rich history and a millenarian culture unique in the world. Strolling through the streets of its most important city, Yangon, means being mesmerized by the comings and goings of Buddhist monks, their colorful red robes dancing in the air, strolling among stunning golden pagodas under the powerful sun of Southeast Asia. It is in this city that begins any adventure through this intriguing nation; where explorations are born that leads us to its most beautiful wonders and most special destinations.

A key port in the British Empire, Yangon still has vestiges of its colonial past after almost half a century of isolation. It is the essence of this history and the rich culture of Myanmar that the luxurious hotel Sule Shangri-La Yangon captures with a design that effortlessly combines elegance and simplicity.

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