The lake and surrounding park are just north of downtown and serve as a pleasant getaway from the busy and chaotic streets of Yangon.
With its giant shady trees and large expanses of open space, this city park offers an almost jungle-like escape from the metropolis. It is popular with the local people as a place to socialize. In the seventies, the government built a massive replication of an ancient royal barge, known as the Karaweik Palace.
A boardwalk sits along the edge of lake, and it is lined with restaurants and cafes. At night, the brightly lit Shwedagon Pagoda casts its reflection on the shallow waters.