The capital of Myanmar is Naypyitaw, also known as Naypyidaw and is administered as the Naypyidaw Union Territory, according to the Constitution. The capital city was built on scrub ground among rice paddies. villages and small towns. Naypyidaw translates as “Royal City of the Sun”. Today it is a most modern city.
Near the hotel zone in Zabutin Township you’ll find the Capital Shopping Center. This is one of the best places to do your shopping.
One of the prominent landmarks in the city is The City Hall. This is the place in which the Naypyidaw Development Committee has established its headquarters. State occasions are held here accompanied by the National Anthem.
The Myanmar International Convention Centre (MICC) was built by the People’s Republic of China and completed on March 15, 2010. The center has a plenary hall that can accommodate 1900 people. This building has listening rooms, holding rooms, meeting rooms, a VIP summit room, a news briefing room and a singing room. The Banquet Hall can seat 720 people.
Uppatasanti Pagoda rises up 325 feet high. It was consecrated on March 9, 2009. Here visitors can see impressive religious edifices like Maha Hsutaungpyae Buddha image in the Maha Pasadabhumi Gandhakuti Chamber, four jade Buddha images in the cave of the pagoda and the garden of 108 Sacred Bo Trees.
Water Fountain Garden has a steel structured arch-way. There is a main pond with three fountains, small ponds with fountains, a 30 ft. high clock tower, recreation centers, small gardens, stone gardens and a ten foot wide buggy road and footpaths.
The Gem Museum is decorated with large glass walls and lovely modern designs. Here visitors can see gems such as rubies and sapphires. On display is the largest pearl in Myanmar.
The National Landmark Garden stretches for more than 400 acres. It is the largest recreational park in Myanmar. The booths here reflect the cultural heritage of the people and foster Union Spirit. The garden depicts the replicas of the famous pagodas, stupas, caves, river crossing bridges, mountains, lakes, waterfalls, beaches and islands in states and division in Myanmar.
The Zoological Garden is situated on 1062 acres of land. Here visitors can see 29 species of mammals, 30 species of birds and 12 species of reptiles. This is the largest zoo in Myanmar and home to over 420 animals. Visitors can see such animals as elephants, tigers, leopards, kangaroos and white tigers. Black-footed and Humboldt penguins live in an air conditioned pool house and the zoo also has a planetarium.
There is a Safari Park that can be toured from electric canopy-covered buggies. It has been divided into sections that showcase the fauna of Africa, Asia and Australia.
The National Herbal Park has exhibits of plants with medicinal applications from all of the major regions of Myanmar. The park has thousands of plants that represent hundreds of different species.