Yangon, formerly Rangoon, the largest and commercial capital city, is the main international gate way to the Union of Myanmar. One of the most attractive city cool with every green lush tropical trees, beautiful lakes earned the name of the  Garden City of the East, was founded by King Alaungphaya on the site of small town  called Dagon when he conquered lower Myanmar in 1755. And changed its name to Yangon (the ‘end of strife’). The present day Yangon covers an area of 350sq km, population with 5.5 million.

Sightseeing in Yangon

The Shwedagon Pagoda, officially titled as Shwedagon Zedi Daw also known in English as Great Dagon Pagoda and Golden Pagoda. Heart stopping at any time, glitters bright gold in the heat of the day, sitting on Singuttara Hill dominating the skyine of the city, housing relics of The Buddha and three Buddhas that preceded him, encased in gold and jewels, the Shwedagon pagoda, is a wonder to see and it is one of the wonders of the world and the most venerable pagoda in Southeast Asia.

The Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda is famous for its six storey image of Reclining Buddha, and the image of Buddha’s foot print with 108 sacred Buddhist symbols. The image is built in 1966 replacing the old image built in 1907. It is located just 10 minutes away from downtown and 5 minutes from famous Shwedagon Pagoda.

Bogyoke Aung San Market, known as Scott Market before, located in downtown area with its fantastic prewar structure. The most famous shopping place in Yangon, offering Myanmar arts, handicrafts, luxury items, jewellery, fashion and comsumer goods. The market is open daily from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm except on Monday and gazette holidays.

The Botahtuang Pagoda is located in downtown Yangon, near the Yangon River. The name Botahtaung literally means “a thousand military leaders”. This pagoda was named after one thousand military leaders who escorted the sacred hair relics of Buddha, brought from India over two thousand years ago. The Botahtaung Pagoda is a hollow inside and you can explore walk through it. Inside the pagoda is sort of mirrored maze with glass show-case containing many of ancient relics and donated artifacts which were sealed inside the shrine. The original shrine was destroyed during the World War II, and present day structure is built over the original one. Above this interesting interior, the golden pagoda spire rises to 40 meters(132 feet).

Karaweik Hall, one the the landmarks of Yangon, standing in Kandawgy Lake with modern architecture is build in the shape of mythical creature Karaweik bird. This wholly glided building construction began in June 1972 and it was finished in October 1974. It has 3 floors including ceremonial hall, private dining rooms, and spaces for traditional performances, shops selling Myanmar arts and craft and amusement section for children. 


The Sule Pagoda located in the heart of downtown Yangon. Though no one really knows exactly when it was built, it is said to be over 2000 years old. The unusual octagonal shape golden pagoda is said to contain a hair of the Buddha. It stands 46 meters high and surrounded by the small shops and the non-religious services such as astrologers, palmists, and so on.

The Htaukkyant War Cemetery is a memorial to Allied soldiers who died in battle in Myanmar during the Second World War. Beautifully kept cemetery’s contains the graves of 6374 soldiers who died in the Second World War, the graves of 52 soldiers who died in Myanmar during the First World War and memorial pillars with the names of over 27000 Commonwealth soldiers who died in Myanmar during the Second World War. It is located at Htaukkyant, about 32 km from Yangon on the road to Bago.

Located  on Pyay Road, just a few minutes away from downtown. The National Museum exhibits the Lion Throne of King Thibaw, the last Myanmar King, Royal Regalia of 19th century Myanmar kingdom, artifacts of various ancient periods, art and craft articles, musical instruments and paintings.

National Races Village, located near Thanlyin Bridge, thaketa Township, Yangon.  You may feel fresh breeze blowing across Bago River but also can feel the sense of Union Spirit from the village of our national brethren, Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Bamar, Mon, Rakhine and Shan. You may explore buildings with significant symbols denoting various national races residing in the country.

The Yangon Zological Garden(Yangon Zoo) is the oldest and second largest zoon in Myanmar. Located immediately north of downtown Yangon near Kandawgy Lake. The Zoo is noted for its collection for wild animals, flora and fauna  which have been collected over the years since it was opened in 1906. The zoo was operated by the Forest Department under the Ministry of Forestry until April 2011, and is now operated by a private firm. It is open from 8am to 6pm daily.

Around Yangon