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Yangon is a colonial-style city with a multitude of cultural experiences within an easy day’s wandering. Originally a fishing village established around the Shwedagon Pagoda, it's now an interesting place with a fascinating history. The city grew at the intersection of three rivers — the Bago, Yangon, and Hlaing rivers — and slightly out of town up Singuttara Hill, where the famous Shwedagon Pagoda is situated, are lush parks, gardens, and lakes creating a wonderful recreational zone.

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  • History Buff
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  • Luxury Traveller
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9 Places

Shwedagon Pagoda

Sacred & Religious Sites, Monuments & Statues

Botahtaung Pagoda

Sacred & Religious Sites

Bogyoke Aung San Market

Flea & Street Markets

National Museum

History Museums

Kandawgyi Park

Parks

The Strand

Hotels

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Sacred & Religious Sites, History Museums

Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda

Sacred & Religious Sites

Meilamu Paya

Sacred & Religious Sites

Travel-Curator's City Tips

  • Myanmar doesn’t have a specific rule on tipping. It is up to you how much you tip — although generally a tip is not expected.
  • Prices of goods in supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants, hotels, official transport, basic commodity shops, and so on, are usually fixed.
  • For rickshaws, tuk-tuks, motos, and taxis in Asia, always bargain first and make sure that you agree on the price before you start the service.
  • Most of Yangon is easy to get around on foot.
  • Take a taxi or tuk-tuk to go further out, such as to the Shwedagon Pagoda.
  • Do dress modestly when visiting temples and pagodas, and don't swim topless in public.
  • Protect the Myanmar wildlife by refusing to purchase wildlife products.
  • Smile! It goes a long way with locals.
  • Always ask for permission before you take someone’s photo and don't photograph anything to do with the military.
  • Don’t litter. Picking up rubbish sets a good example for the youths.
  • Shwedagon Pagoda
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Monuments & Statues
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    Travel-Curator Says:

    You absolutely must visit the 2,500-years old and 110m-high Shwedagon Pagoda, which enshrines strands of Buddha's hair and other holy relics. It is west of the Royal Lake on 114-acre Singuttara Hill and is the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site in Myanmar. This religious complex consists of hundreds of colorful temples and stupas, which reflect the architectural styles of the Burmese eras. The Pagoda is covered by hundreds of gold plates and its stupa is decorated with thousands of diamonds, including one which is 72 carat.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Be aware that the marble paving gets very hot in the sun, try to walk in the shade.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 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:
  • Botahtaung Pagoda
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Travel-Curator Says:

    The history of this large riverside complex stretches back more than 2000 years. Botataung Paya has a 40m-high golden stupa at its center and contains a bamboo-shaded picnic area. The original buildings were destroyed in 1943 by RAF bombers and rebuilt after independence. The main attraction here is the unusual stupa’s hollow inside which has gold covered maze-like chambers lined with glass, showcasing many ancient relics and artifacts from the earlier pagoda.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Right next to the temple there is a really interesting local market.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 150 things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of ancient pagodas in Yangon 14/07/2020
    • Must Visit to experience the Pagoda's Interior 20/03/2020
    • Botahtaung Pagoda
    Address:
    Botahtaung Pagoda Road
    Botahtaung Jetty
    Yangon (Rangoon) MMR013017
    Myanmar
    Phone:
    +95 9 42001 6634
    Other:
  • Bogyoke Aung San Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Travel-Curator Says:

    Bogyoke Market — also known as Scott’s Market — was inaugurated in 1926 and is the most popular market in all Myanmar. This large market, with its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets, is a major tourist destination, dominated by antiques, handicrafts, jewelry shops, art galleries, and clothing stores.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Hit the market before noon for better prices and cooler temperatures.
    • The market is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Pabedan
    • Nice for browsing 24/04/2020
    • All In One Market 17/03/2020
    • Bogyoke Aung San Market
    Address:
    Bo Gyoke Rd
    Pabedan 11141
    Myanmar
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • National Museum
    History Museums
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    Travel-Curator Says:

    This five-story museum has an extensive collection of ancient artifacts, works of art, inscriptions, and historic memorabilia, relating to the history, culture, and civilization of Burmese people. The highlight here is the spectacular 26ft-high, jewel-encrusted Lion Throne (Sihasana) of the last king of Myanmar, King Thibaw Min.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Do not miss the photography exhibition of the Vanishing Tribes of Burma by Richard K. Diran.
    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:
  • Kandawgyi Park
    Parks
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    Travel-Curator Says:

    This artificial lake was constructed during colonial times by the British as a reservoir, and features a floating shrine of Shin Upagot on its southern side. The lake is a stunning spot to watch the sunset, when you can catch a glimpse of the Shwedagon Pagoda's reflection in the water.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are many lakeside cafes here for a sunset drink.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 150 things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Beautiful park in Yangon 14/07/2020
    • Worthy of One-Time Visit 14/04/2020
    • Kandawgyi Park
    Phone:
    +95 1 295 744
  • The Strand
    Hotels
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    Travel-Curator Says:

    This riverside Victorian style hotel — opened in 1901 by the Sarkies brothers — is one of the most famous historic hotels in Yangon. The Strand was one of the most luxurious hotels in the British Empire and in its early years hosted the likes of Rudyard Kipling, George Orwell, and W. Somerset Maugham.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visit the River Gallery I at the hotels annex and River Gallery II, a few blocks behind the Strand at 37th and 38th Street.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 240 Hotels in Yangon (Rangoon)
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Typical colonial hotel 04/09/2020
    • Home away from home 14/08/2020
    • The Strand
    Address:
    92 Strand Rd.
    Yangon (Rangoon) 11181
    Myanmar
    Phone:
    011 95 1 824 3377
    Other:
  • Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue
    Sacred & Religious Sites, History Museums
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    Travel-Curator Says:

    This synagogue is an 1896 colonial relic — situated between Indian paint shops and Muslim traders on a little side street near the city center — and was once frequented by an important group of Sephardic Jews from India and Baghdad. You'll find a 'bimah' (platform holding the reading table for the Torah) in the center of the main sanctuary, as well as a woman's balcony upstairs.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • It's worth visiting Chinatown on 19th Street, further west on Maha Bandula Road (about 350m).
    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:
  • Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Travel-Curator Says:

    This highly-ornate pagoda houses a gigantic iconic seated Buddha that sits on a golden pedestal decorated by precious stones. This 14m-high statue is one of the most impressive sitting Buddha’s in southern Myanmar and sits against a backdrop of astonishing wooden-carved walls and ceiling.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Across the road is the Chaukhtatgyi Paya with a 65m-long reclining Buddha.
    • You can walk to nearby Kandawgyi Lake for refreshments.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 150 things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good and Peaceful place to see a huge sitting Buddha 21/04/2020
    • A stunning pagoda 18/03/2020
    • Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda
    Address:
    Shwe Gon Taing St.
    Yangon (Rangoon)
    Myanmar
  • Meilamu Paya
    Sacred & Religious Sites
    Travel-Curator Says:

    Situated on the Nga Moe Yeik creek, Meilamu Paya is a fairytale style pagoda displaying larger-than-life 3D stucco depictions of the Buddha's life and practice. Make sure you take a look at the giant crocodile gallery explaining the legend of Mei La Mu — the girl born from a mangrove fruit — who the temple is named after.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • The complex’s teahouses provide welcome refreshments.
    • The boat ride across the water will lead you to another cluster of stupas.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #79 of 150 things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)
    • A fun and interesting Buddhist themed complex.. 03/10/2017
    • Tiger Balm Garden Appeal 17/12/2016
    Address:
    Thudhamar Rd
    Yangon (Rangoon)
    Myanmar
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