What to see in Yangon

Yangon Attractions

The shining jewel of Yangon's many attractions is Schwedagon Pagoda, the golden temple visible throughout the city and an iconic sight emblematic of the country and its strong Buddhist traditions. Other major attractions include the 2,200-year-old Sule Pagoda, the fragrant exoticism of Little India and Chinatown, and the vibrant night markets including Bogyoke Aung San Market, which is also arguably the best place to change money. Inle Lake is lined with gardens and luxurious villas and provides a cooling distraction at sunset, when locals and visitors enjoy the views. Other popular attractions in Yangon include the Taukkyan War Cemetery, a beautifully maintained graveyard and memorial to those who died fighting the Japanese is World War II; the Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue and Old Jewish Cemetery; and the Kyaikto, or Golden Rock, which is a glorious landmark.

The city has seen a big increase in tourists recently and infrastructure is improving to accommodate visitors, but one hopes Yangon won't lose its charm and off-the-beaten track appeal as it becomes more popular. It is a safe and exciting city to explore, though it is still a bit rough around the edges.

Bogyoke Aung San Market

Bogyoke is a wonderful market for tourists arriving or leaving Myanmar, and not only for shopping, as the market is the…

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Lake Inle

Inle Lake, beautifully located at the base of steep green hills, is remarkable because of its inhabitants. Thousands…

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Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda is Myanmar's most famous sight, an iconic landmark that stands as a highlight for any visitor to the…

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