Practice Spirituality in Yangon, Myanmar

With humble locals in a community harmonized by spirituality, Yangon is a city not to be missed in Asia for people striving to live more thoughtfully and mindfully. At the Shwedagon Pagoda (Img 1, 2), the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar with perhaps 2500 years of history, I found gold-plated pagodas reflecting the sunset's golden hues and people en masse in silence and peace, a sight that brought me to a renewed place of calm.

A stay at Governor's Residence (Img 3), a hotel restored from a historic mansion and surrounded by lush greenery, enriched my cultural experience in the city by multitudes more. The architecture and interior spaces incorporated traditional artisanal materials such as teak wood floors, earth-toned silks, and hand-carved furniture, giving me a taste of Burmese aesthetics and beauty.

Find your calm in Yangon, or just take moment here and breathe.

To do in Yangon: Experience the Shwedagon Pagoda; visit Chinatown; walk through the Bogyoke Market for Yangon's best handicrafts; visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda to see Myanmar's fifth largest reclining Buddha; stroll around Kandawgyi Lake and see the Karaweik Palace, a building shaped like the mythical Karaweik bird; stay and/or dine at Governor's Residence; have afternoon tea at traditional tea houses.

Photography and eco escapes travel log by Kaméa Chayne, Creative Director of Konscious Whispers and an author, speaker, freelance creative, and Coach for cause-driven leaders. @KameaChayne