Top 9 Things to Do in Yangon
The former capital of Myanmar has a lot to offer to tourists, with plenty of fun activities for everyone. It’s very easy to fall in love with this great city made of stunning pagodas, inspiring culture, mouth-watering food, and some of the friendliest people you can meet abroad.
Myanmar is also a very affordable and safe destination for all travelers, backpackers and families alike can make the best of their trip on a relatively low budget. If you want to find practical information to travel to Yangon, including safety and visa advice, check here.
Top Attractions in Yangon
Yangon is home to some of Myanmar’s most popular landmarks. Here are 4 unmissable places to visit in Yangon:
- The Shwedagon Pagoda. This incredible building is one of the world’s most famous pagodas. The gold-plated, 324-foot tall structure can be seen from virtually anywhere in the city and is a sacred place for Buddhists. According to locals, the Shwedagon Pagoda was built over 2,000 years ago and preserves the relics of the Gautama Buddha as well as other precious ancient objects.
- The Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple. The Chaukhtatgyi Temple is known for hosting a 217 foot long reclining Buddha statue. Visitors can observe the meticulous mastery at work in the statue’s decorations and details.
- Bogyoke Aung San Market. If you’re after the ultimate Burmese shopping experience, make sure to visit the Bogyoke Aung San Market (also known as Scott Market). Find textiles, handmade bags, handicraft, and paintings to take home with you.
- The Sule Pagoda. What is unique about this site is its location. Right in the middle of a busy intersection, the pagoda is an island of peace that includes fine statues, sacred objects, and 10 bronze bells.
Things to Do in Yangon with Kids
Myanmar is a family-friendly destination and kids will find plenty of opportunities for fun activities in its largest city Yangon.
- Yangon Lake. Take your kids to Yangon Lake for a fun time feeding the large resident catfish. Street vendors will provide visitors with bread and the kids will be impressed by the large fish reaching the surface to eat.
- Kandawgyi Park. This is a fantastic place to spend the afternoon outside running and playing, or to have a picnic. The kids will love the enormous golden dragon boat that floats on the local lake’s waters and the sunset views are something to look forward to.
- The Yangon Circular Train. Myanmar is famous for its scenic train routes. However, you don’t have to leave Yangon for a panoramic and unforgettable journey thanks to the Circular Train, which moves around the outskirts of the city in a 3-hour long ride.
Things to Do in Yangon at Night
Foodies and party-goers alike are going to have a great time in Yangon thanks to its buzzing nightlife.
- Chinatown. The sizeable Chinese community in Yangon has made the area surrounding 19th street their headquarters. The street food is incredible and even just talking a walk around the streets at night will be a magical experience.
- Party like a local. After having tasted some of the delicacies that Yangon restaurants have to offer, join the locals and go to a karaoke bar or nightclub. Cheap drinks can be found all over town in one of the many “beer stations.” Be mindful that these are not usually tourist places and you may get some attention.