Places to visit in Yangon

When you travel to Yangon, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Yangon, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Yangon to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Yangon things to do can include exploring Yangon attractions and visiting the places of interest.

This beautifully crafted Pagoda is one of the three famous worship places in the country. The name Botahtaung means “one thousand generals”. Located at the banks of the river Yangon, this gilded pagoda, unlike any of its kind, is hollow inside, thus facilitating tourists with a spectacular view of the inside of the pagoda. The reason for this place to be considered sacred is because there is a relic of Buddha’s hair in a glass case.

This spectacular 65 meter long and 16 meters high sculpture of a reclining Buddha is sure to leave you spell bound. Also known as the “Sweet- Eyed” Buddha, this statue has a porcelain face and incredibly expressive eyes. There are about 108 sacred Buddhist symbols etched on the feet of the sculptor. This magnificent sculptor is surrounded by separate Buddhist shrines, each depicting a day of the week. The pagoda is every day of the week from 6 am till 8 pm.

This spectacular pagoda is located at the edge of a cliff, 1,100 meters high above the sea level is the best tourist place. This golden rock in itself is 5.5 meter high and has pagoda on its top. This place is open to visitors throughout the year but the best time to visit is from October to April.

This culturally significant pagoda is believed to have been built during Gautam Buddha’s time. Like any other pagoda, it too has a hair relic of Gautam Buddha. Located at the middle of an extremely busy and crowded commercial district, this monument is of extreme importance to the people.

Also known as the “World Peace Paya” is 112 feet high. With a hollow interior this pagoda has statues of Buddha all around. With free entry, it is open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Known as the Great Cave, it contains the sixth synod of Buddha. Used for different religious ceremonies this enormous cave can hold up to 10,000 people.

Yangon will neither bore your kids nor you. Yangon has a wide range of activities for all ages. Take your kids to a traditional Marionette shows and they will be spell bounded by its magnificence. Happy World Playground located in the Kandaw Mingalar Park has wide range of games and rides for your little ones. Mya Kyun Thar Playground in Yangon offers a bag full of interesting activities for the kids. Bumper cars, a Ferris wheel, a carousel, water slides and indoor games adorn this park. 50 miles from Yangon is the View Point Amusement Park. Your kid is sure to enjoy in this amusing place. From water slides to rollercoaster, this is an all in one amusement park. Located beside the Kandawgyi Lake is the Yangon Zoo was established in 1951.This 70-acre area has more than 1,100 animals. There are about 200 rare and endangered species of animals, birds and reptiles. The Asian elephant, Royal Bengal tigers, hornbills, etc. are some of the rare species that this place boasts of.

Yangon has a culmination of different religious places of worship- Hindu temples, church, mosque, synagogue, Buddhist temples. Shwedagon Pagoda, is the most sacred place for the people of Myanmar. This 99 meters tall monument is plated with around 21,841 gold bars. The pagoda also has diamonds and sapphires encrusted at its tip. Shwedagon Pagoda, Botataung Pagoda are some of the other prominent pagoda in this region. Shri Kali Hindu temple is one of the famous Hindu temples in the area. Other religious places include the Moseah Yeshua synagogue, St John the Baptist Armenian Apostolic church, St Mary’s Catholic cathedral, Bengali Sunni Jamae and Narsapuri Moja Sunni Jamae mosques.

Dedicated to the Burmese revolutionary General Aung San who is also the founder of the modern Burmese army, this museum is established in the house he occupied with his family in the year 1920. The different items used by the general in his life time are on display here.

Home to different artefacts and documents this five storey building has all the historic relics of the country. It also houses the Lion Throne of the last king of Myanmar.

Once in Yangon, you can visit a number of places. You can visit the Shwedagon PagodaSule Pagoda and the Botataung Pagoda. 50 miles from Yangon is the View Point Amusement Park. Your kid is sure to enjoy in this amusing place. From water slides to rollercoaster, this is an all in one amusement park. Maha Pasana Guha is another place you can visit when in Yangon. Bago was once the capital of lower Myanmar. This ancient capital was destroyed and later restored partially. Four hour drive from Yangon is the Pathein (Bassein) which is famous for its paper umbrellas and religious monuments. Ride along the Twante canal for 24 km and you would reach Twante famous for its cotton-weaving and pottery industries.

Known for its natural beauty, Yangon has some of the natural attractions. Kandawgyi Nature Park and its lake give you the perfect respite into nature. Spread of 69.25 acres, this vast plane is a store house of different species of flora and fauna and the Yangon zoological garden is a place for your visit.

Rich in culture Yangon has different museums and concert halls all over the city. The National Theater stages different cultural programs. There is Burmese classical dance, marionette troops perform at many such places. Karaweik is a grand reproduction of the royal freight placed near the Kandawgyi Lake. Traditional music and dances are performed at every concert hall and hotels.

Rich in culture and heritage, Yangon has many famous landmarks. The Strand Hotel, of the old Colonial time holds testament of the then architecture. Shwedagon Pagoda, Maha Pasana Guha, Taukkyan War Memorial are some of the famous landmarks of the place. The Golden Rock pagoda is perhaps the most famous landmark in Yangon.

In mood for some adrenalin rush? Try the kick boxing at Yangon. Aikido or Taekwondo are some of the sports you can try your hand on.

Yangon has many golf clubs. You can surely try your hand in. Go to some of the yoga and meditation classes for that peace of mid.

You can go horseback riding or visit the zoological gardens and nature park for a relaxation in the lap of nature.

The best restaurant in Yangon is the Karaweik Hall at Kandawgyi Lake

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Bar and Grill is another great place. If you are in mood for some Indian dishes visit Asoka Indian Restaurant for great Indian taste. Taste the local cuisine at Aung Thukha.

When in Yangon taste the different curries. They are the local delicacies. Taste a dish of crushed samosa or noodles or rice with the famous Burmese curries and you are sure to love it.

The National Theatre stages different live performances. Burmese classical music and dances can be seen at various hotels and restaurants.

Pioneer, GTR, DJ Bar are some of the hot night clubs in Yangon.

Trader’s Gallery Bar and Captain’s Bar are a must visit. If you want a bar with a view try the Vista or the Space Bar.

You are sure to get the best deals in these markets and there is something for everyone. The Bogyoke Market (or Scott Market) is one such place where you are sure to go crazy with the items.

The shopping malls here are one of the best in its class. Taw Win Centre is a new mall that came up. In fact this is the largest in its category in Yangon. Ocean Super Centre is your one stop destination. Name it and you will find it here. Royal Rose is one place for accessories that you must visit.

Like any other city in Myanmar, Yangon has huge street market. From spices to footwear, you are sure to find some great deal here. You can also have an out of the world culinary experience here.

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