Top Attractions in Yangon

Yangon is a city full of blood, dreams and gold. Yangon tourism will also be famous internationally. It is believed that the city will attract countless tourists with its unique charm. Yangon, like its name, is full of light. Travel to Yangon, you may ask a question that where to go in Yangon. There is no shortage of tourist attractions in Yangon. Shwedagon Pagoda, Bogyoke Aung San Market, Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple, Karaweik Hall, etc. are best places to visit in Yangon.


No.1 Attraction in Yangon - Shwedagon Pagoda

Recommended reason: It is an iconic building in Yangon. The tower is wrapped in gold foil. The top is inlaid with a lot of precious stones.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda is known as the Buddhist art building of the oriental art treasures. The whole tower is covered with gold. There are more than 7 tons of gold for this building. On the top of the tower, there are 5,448 diamonds and 2000 stones  and 1065 golden bells, 420 silver bells. It is definitely one of the must-see attractions in Yangon. If you stand at the foot of Shwedagon Pagoda, the golden glory of the Shwedagon Pagoda with the Buddhist believers in the square will definitely make you feel serious.


No.2 Attraction in Yangon - Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple

Recommended reason: This temple enshrines the largest indoor reclining Buddha statue in Myanmar. On the bottom of the Buddha's foot, there are 108 Buddha foot patterns that represent the cycle of life.

Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple

This large reclining Buddha with 20 meters long and 5.4 meters high was originally an open-air sitting Buddha. It was built in 1953. The eyes of reclining Buddha are inlaid with glass. A Chinese painter points his eyes to make it vivid and open-minded. In the feet of Buddha, there are 108 patterns representing 108 reincarnations. The Buddha uses his hand as a pillow and his eyes fixed on the believers who are entrenched in the ground. If you are interested in Buddhist temple, you can’t miss Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple.


No.3 Attraction in Yangon - Karaweik Hall

Recommended reason: You can see the most beautiful sunsets, watch Burmese song and dance performances and taste the buffet in the side of Royal Lake.

Karaweik Hall

Located on the scenic Royal Lake, Karaweik Hall used to be an underwater restaurant used by the ancient Burmese emperors. Its shape is a treasure of two legendary birds floating on the Royal Lake, which symbolizes good luck and happiness. During the daytime, Karaweik Hall is shining. At the night, lights are shining also in Karaweik Hall. The shadows, the light and shadow are reflected in the lake, which is colorful. It is one of the must-see destinations recommended by major travel enthusiasts.


No.4 Attraction in Yangon - Bogyoke Aung San Market

Recommended reason: It is the largest tourist craft market in Yangon and a must-see for foreign tourists.

Bogyoke Aung San Market

Bogyoke Aung San Market with a history of more than 70 years is the largest commodity trading center in Yangon. It is famous for its colonial architecture and cobblestone pedestrian streets. Every day, ten thousands of tourists and locals come here to shop. There are nearly 2,000 booths in this market. The market is divided into 8 major regions including clothing, handicrafts, gemstones, seafood, fruits, vegetables and home appliances. It is quite famous in Yangon even throughout Myanmar. If you want to buy gifts for your friends or families in Yangon, you can’t miss this market.


No.5 Attraction in Yangon - Yangon Chinatown

Recommended reason: The street is full of nostalgia and turns into a lively night market every night.

Yangon Chinatown

Chinatown in Yangon has a history of hundreds of years. It gathers about 150,000 local Chinese and overseas Chinese. The scene on the street looks a bit like the look of China in the 1960s. It is in retro style. The Guanyin Temple of Chinatown with a history of 100 years is a popular gathering place for tourists. During the daytime, the temple is crowded with people. It is very lively. It becomes a night market selling fruits and clothes such as watermelon, orange and durian at night. In addition to many small commodity stores and snack stores, Chinatown also has Chinese ancestral halls and temples. Many Chinese people open restaurants here. You can find dumplings, ramen noodles and other Chinese foods here. If you like Chinese food, you can eat more authentic Chinese food here.


No.6 Attraction in Yangon - Inya Lake

Recommended reason: It is the largest lake surrounded by tropical plants and beautiful scenery in Yangon.

Inya Lake

Inya Lake, a famous natural landscape in Yangon, is five times larger than the Royal Lake. It is the largest lake in Yangon. Clear water of the lake and trees surrounded make people feel relaxed and happy. In addition, there is a Burmese rowing club in side of the lake. If you are interested in this water project, you can be accompanied by professional rowing athletes to enjoy the sport of competition. The southwest corner of Inya Lake is close to Yangon University and is a park that is popular with Yangon citizens. The residence of Aung San Suu Kyi is on the south bank of the lake. It is a tourist attraction that you can’t miss in Yangon.


No.7 Attraction in Yangon - Sule Pagoda  

Recommended reason: There is an image of the patron saint – Sule in the pagoda.

Sule Pagoda  

Sule Pagoda is a landmark in the center area of Yangon. Yangon is extended around the center of Sule Pagoda. It was named after the protector of the Kakusana Bodhisattva. According to legend, it was built more than 2,000 years ago. There are many statues around the pagoda, and the most striking is the Zodiac sculpture in Myanmar. The Burmese divide the zodiac into 8, ranging from Monday to Sunday. In Wednesday, it is divided into 2 zodiac signs. Tourists can find zodiac worship corresponding to their birthday date, which is said to be able to seek shelter.

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