Yangon is also popularly known as Rangoon, it is the capital of Yangon Region and formerly the capital of Myanmar. The city was once ruled by the British Empire which is why the city was architecture is inspired by Victorian architecture during the colonial days. This city is lively and filled with excitement having more than 5 million population. There are plenty of things to do and see in this lovely city.
Here are some of the attractions.
Shwedagon Pagoda – this very tall golden pagoda, built in the 6th century B.C., is really an eye catching. It provides an excellent view of the city and its surroundings. It is the most famous pagoda all over Myanmar. This pagoda is said to hold eight strands of Buddha’s hair. It is a place of worship for the local people and an awesome site for foreigners. Shwedagon will surely touch your heart and soul with thousands of Buddha images and hundreds of monks roaming around the temple. You will also find lots of its history within the walls.
Sule Pagoda – this pagoda is considered the very heart of Yangon as it is located in the central part of Yangon. The British administrators used Sule Pagoda as a reference for the heart of the city when they planned the grid system for Yangon. This pagoda was named after Sule Nat, which is the guardian spirit of Singuttura Hill.
Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda – this pagoda houses the longest reclining Buddha of Myanmar and one of the largest all over Southeast Asia. The temple is not far from Shwedagon Pagoda in distance and it is a must see during your visit around Yangon. You will find quite a number of astrological palm readers around the temple area, so if fortune telling is your thing, this is the right place.
Bogyoke Market – this market is also known as Scott market which is located in the southern part of the city near Chinatown and the river. You will find here variety of goods from all over Myanmar ranging from paintings, jewelry, lacquer ware, fine wood and stone carvings, gems, fabrics and much more. Prices of goods here are really affordable and you are encourage to bargain when doing your purchases. This market has also a wide variety or traditional Burmese food to try which is a different experience from your typical restaurant. To learn more about Bogyoke market, click here.
The Golden Rock – this is also called Kyaikto which is one of the most sacred sites in Myanmar. It is located in Mon State, about 210 km distance from Yangon. According to a legend, a hermit brought a hair of Buddha to his king and the hermit was instructed that the hair should be enshrined under a rock shaped like the hermit’s head. This rock was found in the bottom of the ocean by the king’s son and brought it to the mountain.
Yangon Circular Train – a ride in this train is really worth it. The journey is around 3 hours and costs only $1. On your journey, you will see insight of Yangon life and some pleasant scene such as a market on the trail.
Kandawgyi Lake – is an artificial lake, located east of Shwedagon Pagoda. The surrounding park is a good place to have walk for relaxing. It also houses the Karaweik palace, a great place to have buffet dinner for about $25 and enjoy some Burmese traditional show.