Best Places to Visit in Yangon

Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, is a must-visit destination for many travellers due to many reasons. Being the largest city as well as the major transportation hub, Yangon is the trallvers’ first welcoming taste of what to come in this alluring country. The colonial background combining with the religious legacy of the country - Victorian-era buildings intertwining with Buddhist temples and pagodas - creates such a unique touch to the city’s architecture.

En route to the city center, the first place to visit in your Yangon Tour is the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda where lays the Reclining Buddha. With the length up to 66 meters, the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha is one of the largest sculptures in the country. It’s not only a massive work of art, but also a religious symbol to the locals and the followers alike.

Only 10 minute ride away, the green, open Kandawgyi Park with the wooden walkway above the calm water of Kandawgyi Lake is the perfect spot for a light stroll. Nearby is the Karaweik Palace where you can enjoy the luxury cuisine of Burmese royalties.

China town is the prime area for you to discover the local lifestyle of Burmese people. Get lost in the bustling 19th street and eat the tasty, local foods from street vendors. This picturesque town is also an amazing spot for you to capture some shots and save the fond memories of this marvelous country.
If you look for something more laid-back while getting to see the full view of the city, then the circular train is exactly up your alley. This 3-4 hour ride will take you to a journey around showing you the big picture of the people as well as the sceneries.

One simply does not travel to Yangon without visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda.This 99-meter tall masterpiece of a building is situated in the Singuttara Hills and to the West of Kandawgyi Lake.  This glided Buddhist pagoda isnot only one of the humanity’s best creations, but profoundly invaluablein many aspects such as culture, architecture and religion. Visitors are denied entry if the shoulders or knees are exposed. Additionally, in order to step foot into this sacred pagoda, tourists need to be barefooted.

Even though there is hardly any other pagoda can surpass the splendid Shwedagon, the Sule Pagoda is still quite a sight that deserves a visit. Often overshadowed by the grand Shwedagon, the 2500-years-oldSule Pagoda,has its own distinct charm.

Bogyoke Aung San Market, formerly known as Scott market is perhaps the largest bazaar in Yangon city. Here, various types of products, specialties, merchandises, souvenirs can be found. This is a must-see for shopaholics or simply to get presents for loved ones at homes.

After your visit to the BogyokeAung San Market, if you want to have a change of scenery then the Saint Mary’s Cathedral nearby should not be passed by. The beautiful façade along with the vaulted ceiling and the stained glasses are the most symbolic examples of the colonization here in Myanmar. The church offers services on Sundays in both Burmese and English.

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