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What to do,what to see in Yangon,Myanmar

Updated on April 23, 2014

Yangon

Yangon downtown
Yangon downtown | Source

Yangon,the second capital of Myanmar

Yangon is the commercial city of Myanmar and also it is the second capital of Myanmar. It is the main gateway into Myanmar. The name Yangon means “End of strife” which was anglicized to Rangoon after the British annexed Myanmar in 1885.Situated in lower Myanmar, this means having hot-wet climate. Myanmar has three seasons_ summer, rainy season and winter. You can’t expect snow in winter, the annual temperature in winter is 15’C. If you are visiting Yangon during summer, I strongly suggest you to bring your sunglasses and sundresses. An effective sun-block is highly recommended!!!

So what to do and what to see in Yangon??? Here are some of my favorites.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda | Source

The first and must place in Yangon

The first and must place should be, needless to say, the landmark. Of course, the biggest tourist attraction is the Shwedagon Pagoda which is built approximately 2600 years ago. It is the largest golden monument on earth with 99 meters in height. The pagoda is gilded with pure gold and the diamond bud is decorated with 4351 diamonds. Bygone kings and queens of Myanmar donated gold of their weight to this pagoda. Now the pagoda has 65 tons of gold.

Whenever I mention about this pagoda and the diamond bud to my foreigner pals, they all astonished and said “Wow”. The scenic beauty of this place cannot be described in words. It needs to be seen and felt. In the evening, the gold gilded on the pagodas is more glitter by the lights and this make the view more stunning.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda | Source

Places of interest

Sule Roundabout and Sule Pagoda is the centre point of Yangon. All of the nation’s distance measurement starts from this zero-point. Yangon Mayor’s Office (the City Hall) and Immanuel Baptist Church which is built in 1885 are next to it. Mahar Bandoola garden would be a nice place to take some selfies. If you take a walking tour around this area, you will come to understand the lifestyle of Yangon, along with tons of photo opportunities.

Without a couple of souvenirs to your country? It would be pathetic. Where to buy some real Myanmar souvenirs? Here’s my suggestion, just go and visit Bogyoke Aung San Market. It is a one-stop-bargain-hunt from 1120 shops of souvenirs. You can choose variety of local woven cotton clothing, paintings, handicrafts, jewelries and even puppets. Also, Yangon is a crowded city with tons of places for shopaholics. One of my friends said she love shopping at Taw Win Centre, Gandamar Wholesale, Gamone Pwint Supermarket and other supermarkets of Yangon as goods are very reasonable!!!!

Museums are the best place to learn history and culture. When you visit to Yangon, National Museum would be the place that shouldn’t be left out. This museum houses the famous Lion Throne of the last Myanmar dynasty. This museum also exhibits the treasures of the third Myanmar Empire. You can see the golden shoes of Myanmar Kings and ceremonial suits of ministers and generals two centuries ago.

Sule Pagoda

Sule Pagoda
Sule Pagoda | Source

Bogyoke Aung San Market

Bogyoke Aung San Market
Bogyoke Aung San Market | Source

National Museum, Yangon

National Museum, Yangon
National Museum, Yangon | Source

For culture explorers

If you are interested in religion,culture and history, you should also visit some famous pagodas. Chauk Htat Kyi Buddha and Botahtaung pagoda are great choices for culture explorers.

1. Chauk Htat Kyi Buddha

Visiting this reclining giant Buddha is an impressive sight. Chauk Htat Kyi literally means “6-storey” in Myanmar language. Length from head to toe is even greater than the Statue of Liberty in New York. This statue’s porcelain face is punctuated by expressive large eyes. Once you have visited, you will find it interesting about the decorated font-prints at the far end. If you have time, go and visit Nga Htat Kyi Buddha (literally means “5-storey” in Myanmar language) which is one of the unique versions of Buddha, seated and wearing an incredibly decorated armor.

2. Botahtaung Pagoda

Botahtaung Pagoda has impressively gilded maze-like inferior walkway with relics of Buddha. It is located on the Strand Road. A coffee break at the classic strand Hotel nearby would help you see the Yangon daily lifestyles.

Botahtaung Pagoda

Botahtaung Pagoda
Botahtaung Pagoda | Source

Chauk Htat Kyi Buddha

Chauk Htat Kyi Buddha
Chauk Htat Kyi Buddha | Source

Nga Htat Kyi Buddha

Nga Htat Kyi Buddha
Nga Htat Kyi Buddha | Source

Enjoy some Myanmar cuisines!!!

Enjoy some Myanmar cuisines!! The best restaurant for the tourists would be Karaweik Palace restaurant. An international buffet dinner and some of Myanmar desserts are served with a wonderful culture show and dances of ethnic groups. Karaweik Palace is in the shape of a couple mythical birds. Great, incredible, awesome place for a photo opportunity. So be sure to bring your best camera! Oh, one more thing! Be sure to make a reservation (the buffet dinner is 30 US$ per person).

Another one that I’d like to suggest is my favorite seafood restaurant “Min Lann”. Rakhine (an ethnic group of Myanmar) traditional seafood is served. There are, I think, three or more Min-Lann restaurants. I prefer the one near Inya Lake and the one in South Okkalapa Township. The price is reasonable and it is usually visited by natives rather than foreign visitors. In addition, it is the best place place to see not only the Yangon daily lifestyles but also that of some Rakhines. Rakhine foods are mostly spicy. So visit there only if you can eat S-P-I-C-Y!!!

Well, you may have a clearer idea of what to do and what to see in Yangon. Enjoy your time in Yangon!!!

Thank you for reading my hub. Any advices, suggestions and critics are welcome. Comments and votes,pls :)

Karaweik Palace restaurant

Karaweik Palace restaurant
Karaweik Palace restaurant | Source

Myanmar puppets

Myanmar puppets
Myanmar puppets | Source

The Lion Throne of the last Myanmar dynasty

The Lion Throne of the last Myanmar dynasty
The Lion Throne of the last Myanmar dynasty | Source

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