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  • Botataung Pagoda
    3.5 stars

    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 and other relics, making it a significant religious site for Buddhists. It's the history ... read more

  • Bogyoke Aung San Market
    4 stars

    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 ... read more

  • Sule Pagoda
    3 stars

    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 landmark. The pagoda is said to house a hair of ... read more

  • Shwedagon Pagoda
    4 stars

    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 is a must-see on every travel itinerary. Legend has it that the ... read more

  • Kandawgyi Lake
    3.5 stars

    One of 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 ... read more

  • Yangon Circle Train
    4 stars

    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 ... read more

  • Gem Museum and Mart
    3.5 stars

    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 ... read more

  • Inya Lake
    4 stars

    During your journey from the airport to downtown Yangon (Rangoon) 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 ... read more

  • Kabar Aye Pagoda
    3.5 stars

    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. The pagoda shares an entrance with the State Pariyatti Sasana University, Maha Pasana Cave and a large lake. Translated as "world peace", Kabar Aye ... read more

  • Sunset boat cruise
    4 stars

    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 ... read more

  • Central Railway Station
    3.5 stars

    Unless you're actually catching a train, it may not be worth going far out of your way to visit the 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 station. The ... read more

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