|Lake Name:||Inya Lake |
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Inya Lake (Burmese: အင်းယားကန်; ; formerly, Lake Victoria) is the largest lake in Yangon, Burma (Myanmar), a popular recreational area for Yangonites, and a famous location for romance in popular culture. Located 6 miles (9.7 km) north of downtown Yangon, Inya Lake is bounded by Parami Road on the north, Pyay Road on the west, Inya Road on the southwest, University Avenue on the south, and Kaba Aye Pagoda Road on the east.
The area surrounding Inya Lake is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Yangon. Except for a public park on the southwestern bank by Yangon University, much of the shoreline is some of the most expensive private property in the country. Lakefront properties include residences of Aung San Suu Kyi, the late strongman Gen. Ne Win and the United States ambassador.
Public access to the lake is available through Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, and most popularly, through Inya Road and Pyay Road, next to Yangon University. It takes about 2 hours to circle the lake on foot.
Inya Lake is an artificial lake created by the British as a water reservoir between 1882 to 1883 in order to provide water supply in Yangon. The lake was formed by joining small hills that surrounded creeks that formed during the monsoonal season. A series of pipes and cables distributes water from Inya Lake to Kandawgyi Lake near downtown Yangon.
Located next to Yangon University, the 37-acre (15-hectare) park is most well known as a romantic dating area for the university students, and is chronicled many times over in Burmese popular culture (novels, movies, songs, etc.) In addition to dating, other activities available to visitors include swimming, sailing and rowing. Yangon's premier sailing club is based here.