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Yangon offers an eclectic mix of ancient history, modernisation, culture and traditions that make it an irresistible destination for tourists from all over the world. From pagodas and markets to the breathtaking view of nature, you will find all the things that make up a perfect holiday.

A host of activities await you at Yangon. Be involved in touristy things like exploring pagodas and monuments as well as non-touristy things such as sitting at a local tea shop and talking to the locals.  You will be spoilt for choices in Yangon. Come, explore the commercial capital of Myanmar.

Things To Do

PEOPLE’S SQUARE AND PEOPLE’S PARK

This is a popular place where locals spend their weekends. People’s park is a well-maintained park at the heart of Yangon hosting a wide variety of trees, bamboo, shrubs, flowers, fruit trees and medicinal herbs. The park stretches across 130 acres of land between Shwedagon Pagoda and the Parliament building. There is a museum showcasing life-sized figures of famous countrymen. You will find a number of restaurants here serving local as well as European delicacies here. You only need to pay K 3000 to enter the park and the square.

YANGON ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS

Love animals? You got to visit the Yangon zoo located on the south-western side of the Royal Lake. It is a lovely sanctuary housing indigenous flora and fauna species that are well taken care of. The collection of animals for this zoo began way back in 1882 and the construction of this zoo started in 1901. Currently, it has innumerable varieties of land animals including 8 endangered species – tiger, takin, Asian elephant, Burmese large tortoise, great hornbill, marsh crocodile and eld’s deer.

KANDAWGYI GARDEN & LAKE

Fancy a romantic dinner while enjoying the view of the sunset behind the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda? Head to the Royal Lake or Kandawgyi Lake located beside Pagoda. This lake is one of the two great lakes of Yangon. The park around the lake offers a host of activities for you. To supplement the quaint atmosphere of the lake, the park has traditional Myanmarese architecture. You can enjoy a walk, have a picnic or simply enjoy a meal here. There are regular cultural performances in the park which you can also enjoy.

INYA LAKE

Famous as the largest lake in Yangon, this lake is only 6 miles away from downtown Yangon. It is an artificial lake created between 1882 and 1883 by the British and was intended to be a water reservoir to provide water supply to Yangon. This is a popular place frequented by locals during weekends. The neighbourhood is an exclusive neighbourhood of Yangon lined with some of the most expensive private properties of the country. Inya Lake is quite large and takes 2 hours to circle on foot. We strongly recommend enjoying an evening stroll here.

Did You Know?

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon has a part of Lord Buddha. The site is believed to hold 8 strands of Gautama Buddha’s hair.

Pagodas

SHWEDAGON PAGODA

 

Your trip to Yangon will be incomplete without a visit to this most visited pagoda of the country. The 2,500-year-old pagoda is 326-foot-tall and is known to enshrine the hair of Buddha and other significant holy relics passed down over generations. You will find the pagoda to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, on Singuttara Hill. It is a stunning structure featuring gold plates on its surface and a diamond-encrusted stupa which glitter under the sun. The pagoda is also adorned with colourful temples, stupas and religious statues built following ancient architecture styles. A visit to this pagoda will also provide you with an understanding of the significance of Buddhism in the country. You can join the locals in their humble religious and community activities like offering donations and meditations. The entrance fee is K 8000. Please remember to take off your shoes before entering the pagoda.

TOOTH RELIC PAGODA

 

This pagoda is famous for having a portion of Buddha’s tooth inside it. The relic was brought from China in 1994. It has been built following the design of the Ananda Temple in Bagan. Commonly called Swe Tay Myat Pagoda, it is situated on Dhammapala Hill in Mayangone Township. The pagoda is highly treasured and respected by the locals. A copy of the tooth relic in ivory is also enshrined in it along with the original relic. You can visit this pagoda at any time between 6 AM to 6 PM by paying only USD 1.

SULE PAGODA

 

An octagonal shaped golden stupa, this pagoda is another popular destination that you got to visit. According to legend, it was built before Shwedagon Pagoda and is known as Kyaik Athok which translated into English means ‘pagoda containing the hair relic’. This pagoda is a part of Yangon City Heritage and is located at the heart of Yangon city. While you are there, take a relaxing stroll along the Maha Bandoola Park and visit the City Hall as well. The entrance fee to Sule Pagoda is only K  3000.

KABAR AYE PAGODA

 

Fondly known by the locals as ’World Peace Pagoda’, you can find this pagoda at Kabar Aye Road, Mayangone Township. Built in 1952, this pagoda has a 36-meter stupa with a circumference of 34 meters around the base. The golden dome is beautiful and is topped with a multi-layered hti, an ornamental spire which looks like an umbrella. The Maha Pasana Guha or the Great Cave is located nearby and is worth a visit too. The cave is intended to replicate the original one located in India called ‘Satta Panni Cave’. The entrance fee to the pagoda is K3000.

BOTAHTAUNG PAGODA

 

A pagoda which is located close to the Yangon River in downtown Yangon and cannot be missed is Botahtaung Pagoda. It is famous as the place where Buddha’s hair is kept. The original building was built 2,000 years ago but was bombed by the Allies in 1943. It is said that 1,000 military officers escorted the transporting of the sacred Buddha hair to this pagoda. When it was rebuilt, the stupa was purposely made as a hollow to allow visitors to walk into it and admire the glass mosaics aligning the internal surface, gaining the stupa a nickname called ‘The Hall of Mirrors’. Pay K 6000 and enjoy the amazing structures of the pagoda and also religious relics.

KYAUK TAW GYI PAGODA

 

This is one of the most prominent Pagodas of the Mingaladon Township and goes by the native name of Loka Chantha Abhaya Labha Muni. The Buddhist temple sits on Mindhamma Hill and has a Buddha image weighing around 560 tons. It is famous for having the largest marble Buddha statue in the country. It was consecrated in February 2002. The stairs to the temple terrace are also beautiful with two giant heads of snakes adorning the entrance on the two sides. The long corridor has multi-tiered Pyatthat roofs which lead to the hall enshrining the Buddha image. You can buy flowers from vendors outside and pay homage. The entry fee to this pagoda is only K 1000.

Entry Fee To Popular Destinations

Place Fees
Shwedagon Pagoda K 10,000
Nga Htatgyi Pagoda USD 2
Botathaung Pagoda K 6,000
Mid River Pagoda(Kyauk Tan) K 2,000
Kyaik Khauk Pagoda(Thanlyin)(lift) K 1,000
Chauk Htatgyi Pagoda USD 5
Sule Pagoda K 4,000
Kauk Taw Gyi Pagoda K 10,000
Kaba Aye Pagoda USD 5
Mousoleum of the Martyrs K 3,000
National Museum K 5,000
Bogyoke Aung San Museum K 5,000
Kandawgyi Park K 2,000
Karaweik(on the Kandawgyi Lake) K 300
Zoo garden USD 10
Hlawgar Wildlive Park USD 5
People's Park Free
Twante(ferry) USD 2
The village of national races USD 3