People’s Square and Park
People’s Square and Park is one of the most popular and prominent parks located close to Shwedagon Pagoda. Precisely situated towards the west of this famous pagoda to the former People’s Parliament complex (Pyithu Hluttaw), the park spans across 135.72 acre and is festooned by the Pyay Road on the west. Other popular sites situated close includes the Dhammazedi Road to the north, U Wisara Road to the east and the Ahlone Road to the south. The entire enclosure of the park once was a part of Queen Shin Sawbu’s palace grounds. Furthermore, during the colonial years the park was also a part of a golf course for a couple of years.
The People’s Square covers a total area of approximately 70.3-acre between the People’s Parliament complex and Shwedagon Pagoda. A marble pathway lined with tree and flower starts from the People’s Parliament and moves towards the pagoda. This being the centrepiece of the Square includes more than 1000 plants and trees of 52 species. Pyidaungsu Ayeyeik Nyein present at the Square’s corner arranges exhibitions showcasing dioramas from multiple Burmese ethnic groups, tokens of timber and semi-precious gemstones from different places. National events such as Union Day, Independence Day and National Day are held here.
The People’s Park covers an area of 65.42 acres and is positioned adjoining to the north of People’s Square. The park is home to more than 3000 plants including 12 species of bamboo, 72 species of trees, and about 50 species of climbers and shrubs native to many parts of the country. The beautiful flower displays, botanical maze, medicinal herbs and fruit trees comes close to a count of 1700 flowering plants.
People’s Square and Park is open every day between 7am to 7pm, other than national holidays.