Yangon

  • Location: Yangon region, heart of Lower Myanmar
  • Status: Myanmar’s former capital
  • Population: 4,348,000 (2010 census)
  • Area: 598.75 square km
  • Religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity
  • Myanmar's largest city and most significant commercial centre

In nearly every Myanmar tour, Yangon is usually the first and foremost stop as it is the country's must-visit tourist attraction, most bustling commercial hub as well as largest city with its area of nearly 600 square kilometers and population of about 4.4 million. Before being replaced by Nay Pyi Daw in late 2005, the city was Myanmar's capital. Nowadays, it is the main gateway to Myanmar - via airway, waterway, and road.

Originally, Yangon was the small village of Dagon, and later in 1755 conquered by Alaungpaya King who changed it into Yangon, meaning “end of strife”. After being captured and returned by British in the First Anglo-Burmese war (1824-1826), in 1841, the city was destroyed in a fire. In the Second war in 1852, it was brought to life again under a new identity – British Burma’s political and commercial centre. In 1885 when the entire Burma was seized British colony in the Third Anglo-Burmese war, Yangon became the official capital of British Burma. By gaining its independence from Britain in 1948, Burma has developed quickly, especially Yangon.

With green covering the land, cool weather, tropical trees along two roadsides, many green parks and beautiful lakes, Yangon is known as the garden city of the East. In this land, individuals, regardless of ages, prefer chatting in tea room. They smoke the fragrantly traditional cigars and wear traditional costumes which have existed for centuries.

Among the city’s attractions, Shwedagon Temple is a spectacular Buddhist shrine considered one ancient wonder of the word. The temple is 98 meter height and much like a giant golden torch in the middle of the city. Hence, it can be seen anywhere in Yangon. The best times of a day to visit this wonderful temple are at sunrise or sunset. Other remarkable Buddhist constructions of the city are Batataung Pagoda, located in downtown Yangon, near the Yangon River and Sule Pagoda, a beautiful architecture of 2,500 years old – Myanmar’s oldest pagoda.

Wandering around Yangon, you may feel as if you are in a different world, the world of poetic “sleeping villages”.

Being marked by the old monasteries and temples hiding in the small forest is Thanlyin and Kyauktan Township. Formerly Syriam and usually pronounced as Tanyin, the township is home for the largest and most important port of Myanmar – Thilawa port. If you stop by Thalyin, do not miss the chance to visit Kyaik Khauk Pagoda whose stupa is similar to that of Shwedagon Pagoda, and Yele Pagoda which can only be accessed by boat.

Nearby, Twante Village is famous for its traditional pottery techniques. Hence, spend some of your time to observe the appealing process of making beautiful clay pots of different styles and sizes when you are here. North of Yangon City, along the road to Mandalay city, is Htaukkyant cemetery with nice and quiet scenes; it is managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The Cemetery still preserves more than 6000 graves, including Allied soldiers and those who died in the World War II.

Apart from the tradition facet brought by the real Burmese culture, Yangon presents a deep sense of modernity thanks to its colonial legacy. Indeed, the beat and rhythm of busy city streets create distinguished identities for the country and people of Myanmar. Visitors, especially shopaholic, easily find Bogyoke Market at central Yangon an ideal destination. Formerly Scott’s Market, Boyoke Market sells everything from common products like clothing and food to luxury items like gem and jewelry.

Being in Yangon, visitors can be parts of many activities. For example, witnessing a solemn parade of monks in purple and yellow overcoats, Burmese women in golden jewels is simply interesting. Also, a Circulation Train ride of three hours with just only one dollar is definitely a highlight of visiting Yangon. You can also join in other cuisine-related activities like cooking demonstrations and cooking classes.

Last but not least, one more important part of Burma is culinary in which both local and international dishes are capable of fulfilling your appetite. In Yangon, you can easily find specialties from all parts of the world like Japan, Italia and France at comfortable restaurants. Also, eating at food stalls along Maha Bandoola Road is another interesting experience.

Yangon Tours

  •  Meditate in magical sunset over the world-famous Shwedagon pagoda
  •   Discover dried plain of Bagan and its ancient temples and pagodas
  •   Sail upstream Irrawaddy river to exotic temple of Kyuak Gu U Min
  •   Enjoy horse-cart ride around the immortal capital of Ava
  •   Explore amazing collection of Buddha images in Pindaya cave
  •   Get closer to tribal life and culture with a trek through Danu hill village
  •   Learn local technique to cultivate typical floating gardens on Inle Lake
  •   Unwind on pristine beach of Ngapali
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  •  Stroll in peace across royal Kandawgyi Lake
  •   Blend in sacred atmosphere during the sundown in Shwedagon pagoda
  •   Discover Bagan's rich history and architecture with 2000 ancient monuments
  •   Uncover fascinating Buddha statues in Pindaya cave
  •   Participate in vibrant 5-day floating market in Inle Lake
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  •  Observe the old beauty of well-preserved colonial buildings
  •   Get deep in magical sunset over glistering Shwedagon pagoda
  •   Visit thousands ancient architectural temples in Bagan's plain
  •   Climb up the sacred mountain of Popa and enjoy the panoramic sceneries from the top
  •   Get amused with 8000 golden Buddha statues inside the limestone cave of Pindaya
  •   Relax and enjoy upon the scenic Inle Lake
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  •  Walk along heritage colonial buidings and visit the magnificent Shwedagon pagoda
  •   Feed and play with little elephants in Winga Baw camp
  •   Join an adventurous hill truck up Kyaikhtiyo mountain with cheering locals
  •   Admire beauty of giant Golden Rock glistering after dark
  •   Take a nature walk to explore intricate nature and daily life of YaThaeTaung village
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  •  Observe the magnificent Shwedagon pagoda shining out after dark
  •   Capture peaceful views while walking through graceful Karaweik lake
  •   Join a silent line and share communal lunch in KhaKhatWain Monastery with local monks
  •   Experience and explore birdlife in unspoilt wetland of Moe Yun Gyi
  •   Uncover idyllic fishing town of Dhala by trishaw
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  •  Observe ornate beauty of legendary Shwedagon pagoda at night
  •   Uncover Bagan's historical secret with fine collection of old temples
  •   Walk along and wait for iconic sunset over U Bein bridge
  •   Gaze over beautiful landscape of Mandalay from Yankin Hill
  •   Learn how to make an exquisite Shan-style parasol
  •   Trek through hill villages and green plantations of Kalaw
  •   Try local floating life on Inle Lake
  •   Soak into crystal water of Ngwe Saung beach
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  •  Chill out with scenic boat trip to Mingun
  •   Enjoy peaceful sunset over Yankin hill
  •   Discover ancient kingdon of Bagan with thousands temples and pagodas
  •   Trek over Kalaw hill villages and observe their authentic tribal life
  •   Meander around the amazing stupa jungle of Shwe Indein pagoda
  •   Visit the most sacred Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset
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  •  Explore the long history, legend and the breath-taking beauty of Shwedagon pagoda
  •   Take a bumpy ride on an old-fashined circular train around Yangon
  •   Admire the marvellous Golden Rock pagoda over the sunset
  •   Soak up the scenic trek around hill village of YaThaeTaung and closely watch local daily life
  •   Discover the simply breathtaking Saddan cave and wonderful surroundings
  •   Savor spectacular view of Hpa-an from top of Mt. ZweKa Bin
  •   Indulge in iconic Kaw Goon Cave with unique Mon-style architecture
  •   Capture spectacular beauty of Kyauk Ka Lat island pagoda
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  •  Admire the mysterious sunset at magnificent Shwedagon pagoda
  •   Explore Mandalay's innate beaty
  •   Make a new river discovery from Mandalay to Bagan with Paukan cruise
  •   Uncover series of ancient monuments in Bagan archaeological zone
  •   Enjoy stress-free life on the picturesque Inle Lake
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  •  Observe the most notable Shwedagon pagoda gleaming over the sunset
  •   Uncover the ancient Bagan and its architectural and historical monuments
  •   Meander through quaint village of Minanthu
  •   Board in the Pandaw peaceful river cruise upstream the Irrawaddy from Bagan to Mandalay
  •   Catch up poetic sunset over U Bein bridge
  •   Experience hill tribal life and daily activities in Kalaw
  •   Visit floating Intha houses and colourful garden around Inle Lake
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Attractions In Yangon

Bogyoke Market
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Botahtaung Pagoda
Located in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, near Yangon River, Botahtaung Pagoda was first built by the...
Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda
Lying on Shwe Gon Taing Road, Tamwe Township,Yangon, The Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is well-known for...
Chinatown
While travelling in Yangon, visitors not only admire the luxury and magnificence of the Buddhist...
Kabar Aye Pagoda
Located on Kabar Aye Road in Mayangone Township, Yangon, Kabar Aye Pagoda was the only one to be...
Kandawgyi Park
Situation on Natmauk Road and Kandawgyi Kanpat Road, Kandawgyi Nature Park is a famous...
Kyauktan Township
The journey to Yangon should not lack Kyauktan Township - a town situated in the south of the city,...
Maha Bandula Park
Located in downtoen Yangon, Myanmar, Maha Bandula Park or Maha Bandula Garden ( also spelt...
Myaing Hay Wun Elephant Camp
Situated in Taikkyi Township of Yangon Division, Myaing Hay Wun elephant camp is really a great...
Shwedagon Pagoda
Lying to the west of Kandawyi Lake in Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda ('Shwe' means 'gold') is officially...
Sule Pagoda
Located in the center of Yangon, on a roundabout in downtown Yangon, Sule Pagoda is an excellent...
Thanlyin Township
First coming to prominence in the 15th century as the main port city of the Hanthawaddy Kingdom,...
The City Hall
Yangon is a fascinating city today because it is home to some intact collections of 19th and...
The National Museum
Located on Pyay Road in Yangon, The National Museum is a five-story building having an extensive...
Twante Township
Situated to the west of Yangon, Twante is a small provincial town. You can reach Twante by ferry,...
Yangon River
The Yangon River or Hlaing River is formed by the confluence of the Pegu and Myitmaka rivers,...
Yangon Zoological Gardens and Parks
This is the only quite large-scale zoo in Myanmar being famous outside the country. The number of...

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