Destination

City

Yangon

Yangon

Country

Myanmar

Overcast

Weather

26 °C

Local Time

Currency

Kyat

Explore Yangon

Despite its historical name change from Rangoon and the loss of its status as the country’s capital, Yangon is effortlessly still the most popular part of Myanmar. This is hardly shocking, however, as the region has continuously enchanted people worldwide with its scenic views, cultural offerings and architectural wonders since its birth in the 18th century. It is also Myanmar’s largest city, a fact that is complemented by its identity as the main driver of the country’s economy.

Explore Other Must Do in Yangon

There are many places that you can visit. Here are the destination for you to eat, shop, see or do. Explore them!

  • Yangon Zoological Garden

    Yangon Zoological Garden

    To Do

    With over 60 acres of land under its coverage, it comes as no surprise that the Yangon Zoological Garden–or Yangon Zoo–is home to over 1,000 animals. These include rare species like Bengal tigers and clouded leopards. Its vastness also allows it to operate an amusement park and a museum of natural history in its vicinity.

    GOASEAN

    Shared by GOASEAN
    on 19/05/2015

    Suggest edit

    Map

  • Inya Lake

    Inya Lake

    To See

    Crafted to serve as a reservoir by British forces in 1883, Inya Lake is easily the largest lagoon in Yangon. It is complemented by a vast park, and is Yangon’s favourite sailing spot. It is also famous for housing one of Yangon’s most elite neighbourhoods, which is of great historical significance as it was where Aung San Suu Kyi was held under house arrest for a large number of years.

    GOASEAN

    Shared by GOASEAN
    on 19/05/2015

    Suggest edit

    Map

  • Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda

    Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda

    To See

    Easily one of Myanmar’s most famous landmarks, the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is known for housing a huge image of the Reclining Buddha. This image, with a height of 16 metres and a length of 65 metres, is incredibly detailed and elaborate in its construction. For instance, the soles of the Reclining Buddha’s feet are inscribed with 108 gold and red segments that depict the 108 auspicious traits of Buddha.

    GOASEAN

    Shared by GOASEAN
    on 19/05/2015

    Suggest edit

    Map

  • Aung San Suu Kyi’s House

    Aung San Suu Kyi’s House

    To Do

    This home was the location in which Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s champion of democracy, was placed under house arrest by the military junta. Until she was released in 2010, anyone who wanted to see the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate’s colonial-style home had to do so from 300 metres away, across the Inya Lake.

    GOASEAN

    Shared by GOASEAN
    on 19/05/2015

    Suggest edit

    Map

  • National Museum Of Myanmar

    National Museum Of Myanmar

    To Do

    Founded in 1952, the National Museum of Myanmar is where a vast number of ancient Burmese relics and artefacts are exhibited. It documents the history of Myanmar, displaying memoirs of the country’s past grandeur—including a Sihasana (Lion Throne) that has a height of 26 feet and is embedded with precious stones, which was once the property of King Thibaw Min.

    GOASEAN

    Shared by GOASEAN
    on 19/05/2015

    Suggest edit

    Map

  • Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

    Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

    To See

    A cultural symbol and valued place of worship, the Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue is a treasure of Myanmar’s Jewish community. It came into existence in 1986 to accommodate the large number of Jews that arrived during Myanmar’s colonial age, and rests between shops that are owned by Muslim and Indian traders. It has since become a unique part of Yangon city’s landscape, especially due to its well-preserved interior. (Image credit: Esme Vos | Wikipedia)

    GOASEAN

    Shared by GOASEAN
    on 19/05/2015

    Suggest edit

    Map

  • Shwedagon Pagoda

    Shwedagon Pagoda

    To See

    Tearing into the sky with a height of 99 meters, the golden Shwedagon Pagoda radiates with the glory of being one of Myanmar’s most iconic landmarks. It was constructed over 2,000 years ago, signifying the early arrival of Buddhism in the country. Its main dome is regarded by many as a work of art, as it is embedded with thousands of precious stones and jewels.

    GOASEAN

    Shared by GOASEAN
    on 19/05/2015

    Suggest edit

    Map

  • Burmese Milk Tea

    Burmese Milk Tea

    To Eat

    Delight in Myanmar’s preparation of silky milk tea as it trickles down your throat, teasing you with its sweetness and the distinct flavour of black tea. It is commonly enjoyed during breakfast, forming a delicious marriage when matched with the Burmese rendition of paratha (Indian flatbread). It is also a weapon of choice in battling midday slumps.

    GOASEAN

    Shared by GOASEAN
    on 19/05/2015

    Suggest edit

    Map

  • Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

    Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

    To See

    The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda monument is unique due to its position on a boulder that sits on the edge of a cliff at roughly 1,100 metres above sea level. This is why it is also known by locals as the ‘Golden Rock Pagoda’. It is also famous for being a host–like many other temples in Myanmar–of a hair relic that is reportedly derived from Buddha Gautama himself.

    GOASEAN

    Shared by GOASEAN
    on 19/05/2015

    Suggest edit

    Map

  • Shan Tofu

    Shan Tofu

    To Eat

    Fret not if your first encounter with Shan tofu leaves you feeling confused, because this delicacy truly does physically resemble cheese. Its flavour, however, is an entirely different story, as it is commonly made from yellow lentils or chickpea flour. It is usually served in the form of deep-fried bite-sized wedges that are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.

    GOASEAN

    Shared by GOASEAN
    on 19/05/2015

    Suggest edit

    Map

  • Taw Win Centre

    Taw Win Centre

    To Shop

    One of the freshest additions to Yangon’s shopping scene, Taw Win Centre has five floors of offerings to pamper you with. These include branded items and jewellery. A major highlight of this complex–aside from its cinema–is that it is the home of what is considered to be Yangon’s biggest bookstore.

    GOASEAN

    Shared by GOASEAN
    on 19/05/2015

    Suggest edit

    Map

  • Bogyoke Aung San Market

    Bogyoke Aung San Market

    To Shop

    The Bogyoke Aung San Market is named after the revolutionary Burmese leader of the same name, having previously been called ‘Scott Market’. It is Yangon’s prime spot for souvenir shopping, nestled in a colonial building that tells of Myanmar’s past as a British colony. With more than 2000 shops under its belt, you can easily find yourself spending half a day marveling at its offerings.

    GOASEAN

    Shared by GOASEAN
    on 19/05/2015

    Suggest edit

    Map

  • Taukkyan War Cemetery

    Taukkyan War Cemetery

    To Do

    Since its opening in 1951, the Taukkyan War Cemetery has grown to host over 6,000 individual graves. Its peaceful grounds also contain memorial pillars that are inscribed with the names of more than 25,000 soldiers who do not possess graves of their own. It is actively preserved by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and was constructed in honour of the lives lost in World War 2.

    GOASEAN

    Shared by GOASEAN
    on 19/05/2015

    Suggest edit

    Map

  • Kandawgyi Lake

    Kandawgyi Lake

    To See

    Located near the acclaimed Shwedagon Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake is best known for being a prime location to watch sunsets in Yangon. It is also a favoured destination amongst locals for jogs and strolls, while the Utopia Tower that is adjacent to it is a go-to place for food and recreational activities, aside from being quite an intriguing sight due to the nature of its design.

    GOASEAN

    Shared by GOASEAN
    on 19/05/2015

    Suggest edit

    Map

  • Chinatown of Yangon

    Chinatown of Yangon

    To Eat

    Yangon’s Chinatown is the place to be—and is simply a must-visit location—when hunting for food in Yangon. This is especially the case at nightfall, when the area’s night market scene unfolds. From bars to roadside barbeque to other forms of street food, Chinatown has something for everyone. It also plays an important role in preserving the culture of Yangon’s—and by extension, Myanmar’s—Chinese community.

    GOASEAN

    Shared by GOASEAN
    on 19/05/2015

    Suggest edit

    Map

Upcoming Events

Have you got a great event happening in ASEAN? Add your events and they will be featured on GOASEAN's online events calendar for free.

Related Reads

Supported by

  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Philippines
  • Lao PDR
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • ASEAN Tourism
  • Sri Sutra Travel
  • ASEAN@50 Golden Celebration