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Kandawgyi Lake, Yangon

Kandawgyi Lake Overview

One of the two major lakes in Yangon, Myanmar, the Kandawgyi Lake is an artificial lake, located east of the Shwedagon Pagoda. It was built to supply clean water in the city during the British colonial rule. The lake measures 5 miles (8km) in circumference and is 20 to 45 inches (50 to 115 cm). Its name translates into "great royal lake".

Spread in an area of 110-acre, the Kandawgyi Nature Park and the 69.25-acre (28-hectare) Yangon Zoological Gardens surround the lake. The Natmauk Street is situated towards the north and east of the lake, Bahan Street to the west and Kanyeiktha Street to the south. Karaweik is the replica of a Burmese royal barge built in 1972; it is placed on the eastern shoreline and is a famous landmark.

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