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Things to see and do

Botataung Pagoda
Strand Road, Botataung township, Yangon

Botataung pagoda is the lesser known of “the three pagodas” of Yangon. While it may not not have the flare of Shwedagon or the stature of Sule, inside its golden-leafed walls is laid a hair of the Buddha, making it a significant religious site for ... Read more about Botataung Pagoda .

Bogyoke Aung San Market
Off Shwedagon Pagoda and Bogyoke Aung San Rds

If you visit any market in Yangon, make it the almost-century old Bogyoke Aung San Market, where you’ll find slowly dying black market money exchanges, a growing art scene and rows of rare gems and jewellery shops. Towering ceilings, clean floors and semi-orderly shops make for a relatively serene experience by Southeast Asia market standards, but nevertheless, go before the day heats up and ... Read more about Bogyoke Aung San Market .

Sule Pagoda
Mahabandoola and Sule Pagoda Rds, downtown Yangon

Sule Pagoda is the golden glowering heart of downtown Yangon (Rangoon). Nestled in the middle of two of Yangon’s main traffic arteries, which meet up in a roundabout that encircles around it, the pagoda is just one stupa and a stunning key city ... Read more about Sule Pagoda .

Shwedagon Pagoda
City centre

The most sacred and revered pagoda in Burma (Myanmar) is Shwedagon in Yangon, standing proud on top of Singuttara Hill in between People’s Park and Kandawgyi Lake. The giant golden dome stupa is the city’s most prominent landmark and should be a must-see on every travel ... Read more about Shwedagon Pagoda .

Kandawgyi Lake
Nat Mauk St/Kan Yeik Tha Rd

One of the two prominent lakes in Yangon, Kandawgyi Lake translates to “great royal lake” and was created during British colonial times. Located just north of congested and bustling downtown Yangon (Rangoon), it’s a place to shed the anxiety of traffic and ease earache from horns with a walk through the surrounded tree-filled park. The well-kept gardens and grassed grounds are a great spot ... Read more about Kandawgyi Lake .

Yangon Circle Train

What’s the best and cheapest way to see the city of Yangon (Rangoon)? Trishaw? Nope! Take the local Yangon circle train for a half-day, up close and local experience. Your wallet and the trishaw driver’s knees will thank you! Clickety-clacking through 29 miles of bumpy track in true old-fashioned train style, the Yangon circle train is the Yangoonie’s favourite way to travel ... Read more about Yangon Circle Train .

Gem Museum and Mart
No. 66, Kabar Aye Pagoda Road, Mayangone Township, Yangon
T: (01) 665115

Yangon’s Gem Museum and Mart, comprised of three floors of gem shops topped by a single-storey museum, is worth a look to get a feel for how bountiful Burma’s lands have proved to be. While the country’s largest sapphire and ruby has been transferred to the capital Naypyidaw, what’s for sale here should keep bargain jewel hunters happy with some of the best prices in Yangon, while the ... Read more about Gem Museum and Mart .

Inya Lake
Inya Lake, Yangon

Pay attention to your surroundings during your journey from the airport to downtown Yangon (Rangoon) and you’ll see rows of colourful umbrellas and well-manicured gardens. Hiding among them is Inya Lake and all that its 37 acres has to offer. The largest lake in Yangon hosts numerous activities and restaurants and is a worthy way to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of city ... Read more about Inya Lake .

Kabar Aye Pagoda
80 Kabar Aye Pagoda Rd, Mayangone Township, Yangon

Standing grand in north Yangon (Rangoon), Kabar Aye Pagoda is an ideal spot for meditation seekers or for those who prefer a serene pagoda experience. Translated as “world peace”, Kabar Aye was built in 1952 to host the Sixth World Buddhist Synod ... Read more about Kabar Aye Pagoda .

Sunset boat cruise

For something a bit different at the end of the day, why not try a sunset boat cruise on the Rangoon River? There’s no really spectacular sites as such — apart from the sunset itself if you’re lucky — but it does give a different vantage point over downtown Yangon and the waterfront area. Boating down the bustling river at rush-hour with views across the port to distant Shwedagon on one ... Read more about Sunset boat cruise .

Central Railway Station
Kun Chan Rd, Yangon (slightly east of Bogyoke Aung San Market)

Unless you’re actually catching a train, it may not be worth going far out of your way to visit Yangon’s Central Railway Station but this spectacular building is impossible to miss and one of downtown Yangon’s most iconic structures — so here’s a brief rundown on this elegant old railway ... Read more about Central Railway Station .

Off the Beaten Track
Kandawgyi Park at Nat Mauk and Kyaik Ka San Rds, intersection near Chatrium Hotel
T: (09) 510 2657, (09) 2540 18889

What’s better than getting free consultation on alternate routes in Burma (Myanmar) from a local who used to be a guide? Getting that advice while having a drink in a cafe at Off the Beaten Track, that’s ... Read more about Off the Beaten Track .

24 hours in Yangon

So you have only one day in Yangon and want to see everything humanly possible? We understand; compared to the rest of Burma (Myanmar), Yangon is often overlooked as a worthwhile destination, especially when compared to the thousands of temples of Bagan or the fishing villages on Inle Lake. Still, Yangon can cast its own spell on travellers. Here are our suggestions on how to become enchanted ... Read more about 24 hours in Yangon .

Drug Elimination Museum
Corner of Hanthawaddy and Kyuntaw Rds, Kamaryut Township, Yangon
T: (01) 505260/(01) 505261

The Drugs Elimination Museum in Yangon (Rangoon) is a bizarre must-visit museum for anyone interested in the history of Myanmar’s drug wars. Founded in 2001, the exhibitions traverse war scenes, political history and artwork about the horrors of drug-induced insanity. ... Read more about Drug Elimination Museum .

Yangon art galleries

With Myanmar’s (Burma’s) complex history and past isolation as their backdrops, the artists in Yangon are teeming with life, and beginning to break through to the world. The city’s galleries are packed with beautiful and engaging pieces; with so many tourists visiting Southeast Asia, it’s perhaps more often than not that art tends to be created for the buyer, rather than being an ... Read more about Yangon art galleries .

Yangon in photos

We recently had the pleasure of three weeks travelling in Burma and while we had grand plans for covering a raft of destinations in those three weeks, plans went askew when we arrived in Yangon, fell in love with it and spent five days there. Oops. In the end we only covered Yangon, Pyay and Bagan, but we’ll be back soon for more. In the meantime, here are a few pics from our time in ... Read more about Yangon in photos .

MyME Yangon
15 W. 18th Street, Suite 200, New York, USA

If you've been to a teashop in Burma (Myanmar), you've probably been served by young kids who work every day of the week for well over 12 hours a day. Many will never attend school, missing out on an opportunity to improve their outlook in life. The myME Project tries to change this by taking the classroom to ... Read more about MyME Yangon .




Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Yangon? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Burma_myanmar.


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