Sports & nature
Place of interest
There are many different attractions to see and experience in Yangon. Visitors will be pleasantly surprised to find many places of interest which will keep them busy for many days. These include places of a spiritual nature, green parks and gardens, and museums that provide an insight into the rich history and culture of Myanmar. We have listed some of the more popular attractions in the city, along with some attractions that may be lesser known and less visited, but may also be of interest.
PAGODAS IN YANGON
The most notable building in Yangon is the Shwe Dagon Pagoda, a great Buddhist temple complex that crowns a hill about one mile north of the Cantonment. The pagoda itself is a solid brick stupa (Buddhist reliquary) that is completely covered with gold. It rises 326 feet (99 metres) on a hill 168 feet (51 metres) above the city. The Shwedagon Pagoda is a very well preserved heritage monument, and a sacred religious pilgrimage site for many Buddhist followers in Myanmar. Yangon is the site of several other major religious edifices, including the World Peace Pagoda (1952) and the Sule and Botataung pagodas.
Botahtaung Pagoda is one of the most famous Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Yangon, known for its excellent location and its long history. Situated on the bank of the Yangon River in the city’s downtown area, the pagoda is always crowded with visitors coming to paying homage to the Buddha as well as those attracted by the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront. Viewed from the upper floors of the high-rise FJV Commercial Centre across from the pagoda on Strand Road, Botahtaung shines bright and spectacular against the river and the greenery of the far shore.
The Sule Pagoda has been the focal point of both Yangon and Burmese politics. It has served as a rallying point in both the 1988 uprisings and 2007 Saffron Revolution.Located in the heart of downtown Yangon, occupying the centre of the city and an important space in contemporary Burmese politics, ideology and geography. According to legend, it was built before the Shwedagon Pagoda during the time of the Buddha, making it more than 2,500 years old. Burmese legend states that the site for the Shwedagon Pagoda was asked to be revealed from an old nat who resided at the place where the Sule Pagoda now stands.
Kaba Aye, meaning World Peace, was built to commemorate the sixth Buddhist Synod in 1954 which was held in Maha Pasana Guu(Cave) within the same compound. The Buddhist Museum, Maha Pasana Cave & Wizaya Mingala Dhammathabin Hall are also located in the same place.
The 60 feet high and 216 feet long reclining Buddha image is the biggest colossal reclining Buddha image in Myanmar. Originally built in 1907, it has suffered damage due to climate over the years.In 1957, it was demolished and rebuilt to this structure and completed in 1966. The uniqueness of the image is the glass mosaic on the sole of its feet representing the 108 special characteristics of the Buddha.
Saint Mary's Cathedral
PARKS AND GARDENS
The largest and best maintained parks in Yangon are located around Shwedagon Pagoda. To the south-east of the gilded stupa is the most popular recreational area in the city – Kandawgyi Lake. The 150-acre (61-ha) lake is surrounded by the 110-acre (45-ha) Kandawgyi Nature Park, and the 69.25-acre (28-ha) Yangon Zoological Gardens, which consists of a zoo, an aquarium and an amusement park. West of the pagoda towards the former Hluttaw (Parliament) complex is the 130-acre (53-ha) People's Square and Park, (the former parading ground on important national days when Yangon was the capital.) A few miles north of the pagoda lies the 37-acre (15-ha)
Inya Lake Park
A favorite hangout place of Yangon University students, and a well-known place of romance in Burmese popular culture.
Hlawga National Park and Allied War Memorial
At the outskirts of the city are popular day-trip destinations with the well-to-do and tourists.
Taukkyan War Cemetery
It is in Taukkyan town in the township of Mingaladon, Yangon greater area, on the main highway No 1 Pyay Road. From the centre of the city of Yangon, it is 21 miles north and 11 miles from the international airport, 45 minutes drive from the centre of Yangon and 24 minutes from the International airport.
People's Square and Park
People's Square and Park is one of the major parks surrounding the Shwedagon Pagodain Yangon, Myanmar. Located west of the great pagoda to the former Pyithu Hluttaw (People's Parliament) complex, the 135.72 acre (54.92-hectare) park is bounded by Pyay Road to its west, U Wisara Road to its east, Dhammazedi Road to its north and Ahlone Road to its south.
Seinn Lann So Pyay Garden
It is located in Hlaing Township on the bank of Inya Lake. There is playgroungs for kids and restaurant in that area.
Yangon Zoological Gardens
The Yangon Zoological Gardens (Yangon Zoo)is the oldest and the second largest zoo in Myanmar. Located immediately north of downtown Yangon near Kandawgyi Lake, the 70-acre (28 ha) recreational park also includes a museum of natural history, an aquarium and an amusement park. With a collection of nearly 200 species and 1100 animals, the zoo draws nearly 2.2 million visitors annually. The zoo was operated by the Forest Department under the Ministry of Forestry until April 2011, and is now operated by a private firm.
Yangon Zoo is open from 8 AM to 6 PM daily.
Hlawga Wildlife Park
Hlawga National Park is a national park located in Mingaladon, Yangon Division, Myanmar, 22 miles (35 km) north of Yangon. The 1540-acre (623-hectare) park includes an 818-acre (313 hectare) wildlife park, a 62-acre (25-hectare) mini-zoo and a 660-acre (267-hectare) buffer zone.
First established as an environmental education center in 1982, the national park is a popular day-trip destination with Yangonites and ecotourists.
MARKET AND SHOPPING CENTER
Bogyoke Aung San Market
Bogyoke Aung San market, also commonly known by its former name of Scott Market, was built in 1926 under a design from the British colonial period. It’s probably the best known tourist market and a pleasant shopping experience. A trip here is a great chance to shop for handicrafts, food, and jewelry while chatting with locals. There are some 2,000 shops here selling anything from souvenirs to their famed lacquerware, Shan shoulder bags, puppets, slippers and gems.
Theingyi Zay (Market), Latha township
One of Yangon’s most colorful quarters, and indeed one of the most unique markets in Asia, the Theingyi Zay should be on your itinerary in Yangon. It’s not just the food that stands out, but also the local architecture and charming locals you meet. The market was first built in 1905 and is the biggest local market in the city. Roughly 1,100 shops and stalls make up the traditional wet and dry market that sells anything from fishery products to dry commodities and textiles. Rice, fish paste, clothing, cosmetics, raw herbal medicines, beeswax and toys can be found in the shops inside the existing building as well as the blocks and streets around.
Anawrahta Road Night Market
This central night market is one of the busiest in the city and uniquely atmospheric due to poor lighting that could range from a dim fluorescent lights to a few candles. While you might not exactly be able to see clearly what you’re buying, it’s a fun place to shop. The market starts before sunset as people return home. Fish, chicken and pork are sold right on the roadside, by colorful piles of vegetables, fruit and flowers.
The Chinatown district in Yangon lies west of Sule Pagoda in the downtown part of the city. It takes in 18th Street through to 24th and is streaming with traffic, pedestrians, shops and markets. Roadside stalls serve snacks that sizzle and bubble and are as popular with tourists as they are with the locals. There are gold and jewelry stores, cyber cafes, restaurants, temples and fruit vendors. The narrow streets leading off the main roads are a warren featuring baskets, paper goods, crafts, flowers and even songbirds.
Thiri Mingalar Market
Lying just outside the sprawling madness of central Yangon is Thiri Mingalar Market featuring an array of fresh produce from around the country. Chaotic, smelly and lively, you might stumble across mounds of cabbages, racks of bananas, trays of watermelons or piles of flowers. Crowds of trucks, tuk tuks, bicycles, laborers and shoppers create an energetic bustle arond Thiri Mingala. It’s a must see for tourists, and a great place to capture colorful photographs.
As the largest city in Myanmar, There are many shopping center in Yangon. They are
Myanmar Plaza Shopping Center
Taw Win Centre
North Point Mall (Ocean)
Ocean Tamwe Supercentre
Ocean Hlaing Tharyar Supercentre
AKK Shopping Mall
Dagon Centre 2
Maha Bandoola Garden
The Maha Bandula Park or Maha Bandula Garden , is a public park, located in downtown Yangon, Burma. The park is bounded by Maha Bandula Garden Street in the east, Sule Pagoda Road in the west, Konthe Road in the south and Maha Bandula Road in the north, and is surrounded by some of the important buildings in the area such as the Sule Pagoda, the Yangon City Hall and the High Court.The park is named after General Maha Bandula who fought against the British in the First Anglo-Burmese War .
INTERSTING PLACE AROUND YANGON
Kyauktan Township is a township of Yangon Region, located in the southern section of the region.Ye Le Pagoda is a Buddhist pagoda located in Kyauktan Township, Yangon Region, on a small island in Hmaw Wun Creek, a tributary of Yangon River. Yele Pagoda at Kyauktan means the Pagoda in mid-stream on a laterite reef. The Pagoda is also known as Kyaik Mhaw Won Pagoda. The pagoda was built by King Zeyasana, the seventh king of the Pada Dynasty in the third century BC. The height of the original pagoda was only 11ft. The only way to get into the pagoda is by the boat.