Best Things To Do in Yangon, Myanmar

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THINGS TO SEE

  • Shwedagon Paya: Stunning landmark of the city and the most important religious sites in the country.
  • Sule Paya (Sule Pagoda): A 46 m octagonal-shaped stupa dating back to 2000 years and believed to be the home of a strand of Buddha’s hair.
  • Botataung Paya: Believed to be the site where 1000 soldiers brought the strand of Buddha’s hair, destroyed in World War II.
  • Kandawgyi Lake: Formerly known as Victoria lake, a huge fungus shaped lake housing replica of Karaweik- a traditional Burmese Boat.
  • Bahadur Shah Zafar Grave: Grave of the Last emperor of India.
  • Saint Mary's Cathedral, Holy Trinity Cathedral depicting the Christian dominance over the country.

Below we have a list of things to do in Yangon and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Yangon getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Yangon with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Yangon

Here is the list of things to do in Yangon and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Shwedagon Pagoda

    4.8 (683 Votes)
    Shwedagon Pagoda

    Religious Site, Landmark, Historical Site

    Every year, a lot of tourists flock to Yangon to see its splendid ancient pagodas only. Amongst the others, Shwedagon Pagoda is the better known one and invites a lot of tourists owing to its enchanting beauty. Called by local people as Shwedagon Zedi Daw The, this pagoda is perched atop the hill and looks astonishing with its 99 meters high. In fact, its golden roof is remains prominent in any...Read more
  2. Taukkyan War Cemetery

    4.3 (477 Votes)
    Taukkyan War Cemetery

    Cemetery

    As the name suggests, the Taukkyan War Cemetery is dedicated to the Allied soldiers under the British Commonwealth who lost their lives in Burma during the Second World War. This cemetery is home to the graves of at least 6,374 soldiers along with memorial pillars. On the Rangoon Memorial, the names of over 27000 soldiers have been written who fought under the Commonwealth. There is also a sect...Read more
  3. Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple

    4.5 (587 Votes)
    Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple

    Religious Site, Temple

    Located in Bahan Township in Yangon, the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha temple is a beautiful temple devoting to the revered reclining images of Buddha. The Buddha image kept here is 66 metres (217 ft) long, and is one of the largest in Burma. The construction of this temple was carried out by a rich Burmese Buddhist, Sir Po Tha, in 1899. The Reclining Buddha image is defined here with very expressiv...Read more
  4. Botataung Pagoda

    4.5 (578 Votes)
    Botataung Pagoda

    Religious Site, Temple

    Situated in the downtown beside the Yangon River, the Botataung Pagoda is a beautiful pagoda that inspires awe and reverence. This pagoda was interestingly named after the thousand military leaders who escorted the relics of the Buddha brought from India over two thousand years ago. This pagoda is different in the sense that it hollow from inside and you can actually walk through it. There is a...Read more
  5. Yangon Circular Train

    Entertainment, Train Ride, Rides

    Although a means of transportation, the Yangon Circular train has come to be an attraction in itself. This is a rail network that is operated by Myanmar Railways, and connects satellite towns and suburban areas to the city. People who wish to see vignettes of Yangon can sit on this loop network and can see the city at a full glance. Tickets are cheap and a ride on this can be one of the ways to...Read more
  6. Saint Mary's Cathedral

    4.5 (610 Votes)
    Saint Mary's Cathedral

    Religious Site, Cathedral

    Located on Bo Aung Kyaw Street in Botahtaung Township, Yangon, the Saint Mary’s Cathedral is an exquisite place of spirituality to visit. The cathedral looks beautiful with its red brick exterior that also exhibits spires and a bell tower. This is the largest church in Burma that was designed by Dutch architect Joseph Cuypers, son of Pierre Cuypers. Having suffered adverse ...Read more
  7. Kandawgyi Park And Lake

    4.2 (597 Votes)
    Kandawgyi Park And Lake

    Water Body, Park, Leisure, Lake

    Kandawgyi Park is one of the most beautiful lakes of Yangon that looks tranquil and mesmerizing with its transparent waters. In fact, the golden pagodas and silver moonlight finds reflection in it making it one of the most visited lakes in Burma. The Government of the Union of Myanmar built a royal barge in the form of Karaweik (mythical bird) in 1972. It is considered that in ancient times, th...Read more
  8. Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

    4.2 (242 Votes)
    Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

    Historical Site, Synagogue

    This is Myanmar’s only Jewish house of worship that reminds its onlookers of the once thriving Jewish community who lived in Yangon in the initial part of 20th century. This synagogue was constructed in the 1890s to serve the 2,500 Jews, who migrated to Yangon from the Middle East and became an integral part of the city. However, when Japan invaded Burma during World War II, they were for...Read more
  9. Inya Lake

    4.3 (11 Votes)
    Inya Lake Image
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    Water Body, Lake

    Inya Lake is the largest lake of Yangon whose surrounding area is used as a recreational area for the locals as well as the visitors. This is an artificial lake that was designed by British as a water reservoir between 1882 and 1883 in order to provide a water supply to Yangon. The lake was formed by joining small hills that surrounded creeks that were formed during the monsoon season. This is ...Read more
  10. Bogyoke Market

    4.1 (483 Votes)
    Bogyoke Market

    Art Gallery, Market, Specialty Shop, Souvenir Shop

    A visit to the Bogyoke Aung San Market is one of the best ways to have an insight into the local life of Yangon and to collect the beautiful souvenirs to take back home. Located in the Pabedan Township, Central Yangon, this market is recognised with its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets. Here, you can see antique, Burmese handicraft and jewel...Read more
  11. Sule Pagoda

    4.3 (57 Votes)
    Sule Pagoda Image
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    Religious Site

    In the midst of a busy street is a beautiful gem shining in gold. While you’d fall short of words to describe this beauty, the locals call it the Sule Pagoda.The Sule Pagoda is a Burmese stupa decorating the centre of the city, at the junction of Sule Pagoda Road and Mahabandoola Road in Yangon.The peaceful place is surrounded by small shops, palmists and more. The structure of the pagoda...Read more
  12. China Town

    3.6 (588 Votes)
    China Town

    Food And Drinks, Street Market

    There’s something peculiar about the Yangon Chinatown that makes it different from the rest. The Chinatown in this city has a heap to explore. There are several eating joints and a fleet of shops to shop from. The area features a day and night market as well. The streets here are extremely busy but the area on the whole is fun to explore. If you’re a foodie, this is the first place ...Read more
  13. Nga Htat Gyi Buddha Temple

    4.4 (485 Votes)
    Nga Htat Gyi Buddha Temple

    Religious Site, Temple, Statue

    The Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda is a lovely temple that’s huge and attracts ample of tourists each year. Of course it isn’t the biggest in Yangon, however, the peace and calm at the holy shrine makes the place worth visiting. The temple showcases a huge statue of Buddha which is its highlight as well. The atmosphere of the shrine is pleasant and the architecture and interiors are indeed imp...Read more
  14. Bogyoke Aung San Museum

    4.2 (266 Votes)
    Bogyoke Aung San Museum

    Museum

    The Bogyoke Aung San Museum is actually the home of General Aung San, where he lived before his assassination in 1947. He left behind, his wife and three beloved children who occupied the house until 1953. The house today has a collection of the minimal furniture it was furnished with and a few other important pieces of information. There are pictures of the family when they lived there too. Th...Read more
  15. Yangon Central Railway Station

    Landmark

    The Yangon Central Railway Station still looks like how the British left it. The beautiful station hasn’t been painted ever since. Take a train of circular railway here and experience the fun brought by the ride. The trains have no windows however they project views of the city and its gorgeous surroundings. The station is obviously old and holds great historic significance. There are ple...Read more

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