Yangon, the former capital and largest city of Myanmar, attracts visitors by its majestic pagodas, lush green parks, bustling markets and delicious dishes. Among various tourist attractions and sights of the city, here we suggest top five things to see in Yangon.
1. Shwedagon Pagoda
Being the jewel of Yangon and the pride of Myanmar people, the pagoda is always ranked first in the list of things to see in Yangon. Standing out by the main stupa which is 99 meters high, Shwedagon Pagoda can be seen from every corner of the city. It’s amazing that it is covered by 30 tons of gold and thousands of diamonds as well as other types of gems. No one can say exactly how old then pagoda is. Local people believed that it’s more than 2,600 years old while scientists estimate it was built 1,000-1,500 years ago. The pagoda is the most sacred shrine in Myanmar; it’s said to house four sacred treasures of Buddhism, such as the stem of Kakusandha Buddha, the water filter and a piece of cloth of Kassapa Buddha eight hairs of Sakyamuni Buddha. Every day, visiting nuns, monks and pilgrims from all over the country pray, chant, eat and snooze beneath beautifully carved eaves.
2. Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple
There are at least two reasons to put Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple into the list of top 5 things to see in Yangon. Firstly, it’s the most well-known Buddhist temple in Bahan Township, Yangon, and secondly, you have to pay no fee to visit it, which is very usually to most tourist attractions and sights in Myanmar. The pagoda is famous for the Reclining Buddha, one of the most sacred and largest Buddha images in Myanmar. The image is 66 meters (217 ft) long; its crown is decorated with diamonds and other gems, and the feet are etched with inscriptions showing the symbols and characteristics of the Buddha.
There are a lot of floor space surrounding the Reclining Buddha where a lot of people having lunch with their friends and family. Join them if you want to chat with friendly locals and better understand their spiritual life in your Myanmar travel.
3. Bogyoke Aung San Market
You may hear a lot of travelers say that Bogyoke Aung San Market is a wonderful place to buy souvenirs. This is absolutely right! However, even when you do not have the intention to buy anything, the market is totally worth being included in the top 5 things to see in Yangon. Indeed, a visit to the market is a great opportunity to learn about the most typical handicraft products of Myanmar, such as woven textiles from the Chin and Naga tribes, woodcarving from Mandalay and lacquerware from Bagan, and trade practices of Myanmar people. Inviting tourists to buy goods, quoting the price, negotiating…all are carried on in warm and friendly attitude. In additions, you will find some currency shops where you can change US dollars into Myanmar Kyats with good rates on the south side of the markets.
4. China town
If you are a foodie, head to Chinatown town on your Yangon tour. This is one of the busiest and most eventful places in the city, especially in the evening when food vendors appear on sides of the streets, and provide you with everything from ready-made foods to fresh produce.
The Kheng Hock Keong Temple, Sule Pagoda and Night market at Maha Bandula road are all located in the China Town area, so can make a day tour to these places.
5. Kandawgyi Park
Among what to see in Yangon, Kandawgyi Park is a very special phenomenon as it’s absolutely opposed to the business and eventfulness of the others. You will have a quiet, light and fresh space in the park. You can sit back, relax here amid green trees, fragrant flowers, and watch animals (some of which are rare) do their business.
Above are the top 5 things to see in Yangon. Besides, you can visit a great number of other tourist attractions and sights such as Sule Pagoda, Botataung Pagoda, Myanmar National Museum and Myanmar Zoo. Yangon is a limitless treasure; the only matter is how much time you can spend exploring it in your Burma tours.