Chinatown, Yangon

  • Location: In the centre of downtown Yangon
  • Status: A bustling quarter,
  • Population: 150000 Chinese
  • Attractions: Roadside food stalls, the Chinese Temples


While travelling in Yangon, visitors not only admire the luxury and magnificence of the Buddhist traditional architecture but also experience the rich culture rooted in racial diversity in Myanmar. Hence, Chinatown is an interesting destination not to be missed in this travel itinerary.

Established in 1850s when the British invaded Myanmar, Chinatown situated in the centre of Yangon city nearby Sule Pagoda and ShweDagon Pagoda. Within and around this area, the migrated Chinese people flock and live as a large community with a distinct culture. They built many houses, stores, offices, markets and amusement parks, making here to become a vibrant center of culture and entertainment attracting a large number of tourists every year. The busiest quarters of China Town are traditional Chinese food restaurant, the ancient temples with unique architecture and the bustling night market.

Not all visitors like the taste of traditional Chinese food, especially who from Europe or the America. However, the food market in Chinatown still appeals tourists by the diversified menu and attractive colors. There are many roadside restaurants, especially at 19th Street serving Chinese food such as tofu, dumplings, wonton, Yeung Chow fried rice or short snacks like sizzling fries, hamburger and barbecued fish. Moreover, Myanmar is famous forspecialties such as baked goods, coconut cake, Shan noodle as well as the tropical fruits. The form of night market in Chinatown looks like it in the day time, but more bustling and exciting. The appealing flavor from food stalls, the sparkling colors from the shops selling jewelry and clothing will be a memorable simple highlight in the splendor of Yangon city. Visitors can purchase cushy items in here with a reasonable price after bargaining.

The majority of Chinese people are Buddhist so there are some temples and pagodas built in here, prominently Qing Fu Gon Temple, Hokkien Keng Hock Keong Temple, Guangdong Guanyin Temple and Mutai Temple. The architectural style bearing the stamp of Orient reminds the ancient China and brings sacred and peaceful feeling for visitors. If you arrive on the occasion of Chinese Lunar New Year,you will admire the traditional festival with many excellent performances, for example lion dance competitions, music shows outdoor and so on. Although living in a multi-ethnic country, the Chinese people have well completed the responsibility preserving and popularizing their cultural identity.

Traveling in Chinatown, you can discover a great blend between Chinese and Myanmar culture, which is similar to travel two countries at the same time. This is really a great destination in your journey to explore Yangon city

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