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Museum Guide for Yangon

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Yangon has a smattering of museums, but some of the most magnificent works of art and architecture can be found at the pagodas. This guide includes both to give you a broader picture of the art and artifacts of the city.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Shwedagon Pagoda

Sacred & Religious Sites, Monuments & Statues

National Museum

History Museums

Bogyoke Aung San Museum

History Museums

Kyauk Daw Kyi

Sacred & Religious Sites

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Sacred & Religious Sites, History Museums

Chaukhtatgyi Buddha

Sacred & Religious Sites, Monuments & Statues

Myanmar Gems Museum

Speciality Museums

Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Tomb of Bahadur Shah Zafar

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites

Swe Taw Myat Pagoda

Sacred & Religious Sites

cara f's City Tips

  • Myanmar is always changing! Avoid disappointment by checking opening/closing times before you jump in that taxi.
  • Although some prices may be listed in US dollars, you will be expected to pay in the local currency.
  • You might be surprised at the lack of lighting in some museums. Electrical power is not always reliable in Yangon, and is often provided by generators.
  • Shwedagon Pagoda
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Monuments & Statues
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    cara f Says:

    Although not a museum in the classic sense, the Shwedagon Pagoda is home to more than 60 smaller pagodas, plus numerous statues and other items of architectural interest. It is the crown jewel of Buddhist sites, and for good reason — more than 4500 diamonds encrust the stupa, including a 76-carat gem at the very top.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You will be required to remove your shoes in some areas — if you don't want to leave them near the door, bring along a bag to carry them.
    • Please remember to dress conservatively — sleeves should cover the elbows and skirts or pants should cover the knee.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 150 things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth the visit 04/09/2020
    • Gorgeous 18/08/2020
    • Shwedagon Pagoda
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • National Museum
    History Museums
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    cara f Says:

    While not quite up to western standards in terms of lighting, the five-floor National Museum is home to an impressive collection of Burmese art and artifacts — including an entire floor dedicated to ancient and modern Buddha images.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You must see the "Royal Lion Throne" which was used by the last Burmese monarch. It alone is worth the price of admission.
    • Check the current schedule — the museum is often closed one or two days a week.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 150 things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)
    • A must-see when you are in Yangon 24/04/2020
    • A Must See 19/04/2020
    • National Museum
    Address:
    Pyay Road
    Yangon (Rangoon)
    Myanmar
    Phone:
    +95 1 371 539
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Bogyoke Aung San Museum
    History Museums
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    cara f Says:

    Up until 2012, this museum was only open for three each year. The colonial-style home is were General Aung San and his family lived prior to his 1947 assassination. General Aung San is considered the father of modern Myanmar, and his memory is held in very high regard by many of the Burmese people.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The General's daughter, Aung San Suu Kyi, is also loved by many and is very active in the politics of Myanmar.
    • To really understand modern Myanmar, consider reading "The Lady and the Peacock" by Peter Popham before your visit.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 150 things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Worth a Visit to appreciate the lifestyle of a Great Man 20/03/2020
    • A great little museum about a great leader, hidden gem...must see in Rangoon! 20/03/2020
    • Bogyoke Aung San Museum
    Address:
    No 15 Bogyoke Museum Lane
    Bahan Township
    Yangon (Rangoon)
    Myanmar
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Kyauk Daw Kyi
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    cara f Says:

    In 1999, a massive piece of marble was discovered near Mandalay and was carved into a huge, solid white Buddha. A special railroad was built in order to transport the statue to its current sight. The Buddha and the grand prayer hall are stunning pieces of architecture.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It is common to see small birds being sold near shrines. The belief is that if you purchase a bird and release it you will have good luck.
    • Across the street is a small park that keeps a few rare, white elephants.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 150 things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Largest White Marble Buddha 17/03/2020
    • Peaceful pagoda 02/01/2020
    • Kyauk Daw Kyi
    Address:
    Bargaryar Street
    Yangon (Rangoon)
    Myanmar
  • Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue
    Sacred & Religious Sites, History Museums
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    cara f Says:

    The Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue is the only Synagogue in Myanmar, home to only a few dozen observant Jews. Although its congregation is small, the Synagogue is lovingly maintained and worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Synagogue is not consistently open, but if you can find the caretaker you often can get an impromptu look around.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 150 things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Historic Synagogue....a MUST see 14/08/2020
    • Small but significant religious place in Yangon 19/05/2020
    • Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue
    Address:
    No. 85 26th St.
    Yangon (Rangoon)
    Myanmar
    Phone:
    +95 1 252 814
    Hours:
    Mon - Tue
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Wed - Sat
    9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Other:
  • Chaukhtatgyi Buddha
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Monuments & Statues
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    cara f Says:

    The Chauk Htat Gyi reclining Buddha is more than 65 meters long, making it one of the longest in the world. The Buddha's feet are significant pieces of art and boast 108 segments representing the 108 auspicious characteristics of the Buddha.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This Buddha was sculpted in 1966 and replaced an earlier version from 1907 that had been damaged.
    • The admission fee is used for maintenance on the Buddha and to support the nearly 600 monks nearby.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 150 things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning and gorgeous Buddha 05/05/2020
    • Huge Reclining Buddha statue! Great place to visit in Yangon. 21/04/2020
    • Chaukhtatgyi Buddha
    Address:
    Shwegondine Road
    Bahan Township
    Yangon (Rangoon)
    Myanmar
  • Myanmar Gems Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    cara f Says:

    The Gems Museum is a small but interesting collection of Burmese precious gems, gem crafting tools, and art pieces from a variety of periods. It is located above three floors of gem and jewelry shops known as the Gem Market.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is an entrance fee for the museum, but shopping in the stalls below is free.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 150 things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)
    • A good collection Gems - a must for traders alike 30/04/2019
    • An Amazing Collection of Precious Gems 03/03/2019
    • Myanmar Gems Museum
    Address:
    66 Kaba Aya Pagoda Road
    Yangon (Rangoon)
    Myanmar
    Phone:
    +95 9 965 112212
  • Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    cara f Says:

    Yangon is full of pagodas large and small, simple and ornate. Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda is a wonderful example of a small and ornate pagoda. The outside is covered in mirror scales that reflect the sky, earning the pagoda the nickname 'Diamond Reflections.' Inside, you will see several images of the Buddha.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Stop on your way to the grand Shwedagon Pagoda and take a moment to admire the outside, then spend some time in the quiet environment inside.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 150 things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Quite pretty 20/12/2019
    • Ancient pagoda 23/08/2019
    • Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda
    Address:
    Shwedagon Pagoda Road
    Yangon (Rangoon)
    Myanmar
  • Tomb of Bahadur Shah Zafar
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    cara f Says:

    The British sent Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Indian Mughal emperor, to Rangoon (now known as Yangon), where he lived out his days as an exile. He was a poet and claimed to be a descendent of Genghis Khan. His mausoleum features art, photographs, and portions of his poetic writings.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The tomb is very close to the Shwedagon Pagoda.
    • Women are requested to dress conservatively.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 150 things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Emotional historical place 14/04/2020
    • Tomb of Bahadur Shah Zafar 15/03/2020
    • Tomb of Bahadur Shah Zafar
    Address:
    8 Zi Wa Ka Rd.
    Yangon (Rangoon)
    Myanmar
  • Swe Taw Myat Pagoda
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    cara f Says:

    A little off the beaten path, Swe Taw Myat Pagoda will not disappoint. It is a modern architectural wonder, built in 1994 to be the home of a surprising relic of the Gautama Buddha: a tooth. Inside the pagoda, there are several images of the Buddha in different mudras or positions.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The pagoda was designed to look like the Ananda Pagoda in Bagan, Myanmar which was built in the 11th century.
    • The relic is visible inside the temple, raised up high and surrounded by small green jade Buddha images. To get a good look, you may need to use your zoom feature on your camera.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 150 things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Tooth Relic Pagoda 18/03/2020
    • Worth the effort to get to it... 30/01/2020
    • Swe Taw Myat Pagoda
    Address:
    Swe Taw Myat Pagoda Road
    Yangon (Rangoon)
    Myanmar
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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