Things To Do In Yangon


Yangon isn’t the one of the most popular destinations in Asia, but it’s definitely worth visiting, what with all of its traditional and cultural appeal. Formerly known as Rangoon, the area doesn’t have the usual tours, instead appeal to people with scenic temples, colonial buildings and mobile street food vendors.

It may not be Myanmar’s capital city, not anymore, at least, but there’s still plenty of reasons to go out from your Yangon hotels, as the city offers plenty to do. Here’s a few of them.

Head for the Shwedagon Pagoda

One of the major attractions in Yangon, if not the major attraction, the Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most popular pagodas in the world. Sitting at 325 feet/99 metres tall on top of a hill looking over the city, it’s visible from most of Yangon during the day, and shines in the skyline at night. No definitive date is known about when it was built, but it’s thought to be one of the oldest structures of its kind in the world. Enshrined inside are several holy relics, including strands of Buddha’s hair, so it’s definitely worth visiting.

Learn about Myanmar at the National Museum of Myanmar

Many would say that visiting a museum is mandatory when visiting a city, as it’s one of the best way to learn about the history and culture of the place. The National Museum of Myanmar is a museum with exhibits of Burmese art, culture and history, with an extensive collection of artefacts, artwork and inscriptions, like the spectacular 11m-tall Sihasana, the Lion Throne that belonged to Myanmar’s last regent, King Thibaw Min.

Travel around on the Yangon Circular Train

The Yangon Circular Train is a local commuter train network that goes around Yangon in a 45.9km loop with 39 stops, letting you see the city. This is the cheapest way to get around the city, letting you enjoy landscapes of urban concrete and paddy fields while quietly enjoying yourself or getting to know the locals..

Enjoy the food

One hasn’t really travelled, unless they’ve tasted local cuisine. For people in Yangon hotels, that isn’t as tough as they might think, as food stalls are ubiquitous in downtown Yangon, and food is always served piping hot and fresh, so it’s very much worth trying out.

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