10 Fun Things To Do When You’re in Yangon, Myanmar
Yangon is one of Myanmar’s most busy and exciting cities; it’s a city that’s full of character, with
so many interesting things to do, see, and eat. This list of attractions offers a good start, or
place to begin exploring the city.
1. Shwedagon Pagoda
Without doubt, the Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most important religious sites in Yangon,
and all of Myanmar. The golden chedi of the pagoda, which reaches a height of 99 meters, is
visible throughout the city, and it shimmers in the sun with its incredibly golden surface. The
Shwedagon Pagoda is a very well preserved heritage monument, and a sacred religious
pilgrimage site for many Buddhist followers in Myanmar.
2. Local fresh market
Visiting a local fresh market in Yangon is one of the top things to do. You get to experience so
much local life, and see what goes into the local food, which is a major part of life. One of the
most notable is on Street 26, across the street from the Shri Kali Temple, known as Thein-Gyi
3. Sule Pagoda
The Sule Pagoda is not only a religious and historical pagoda landmark in Yangon, but it’s also a
city navigational landmark as well; It seems that all roads in downtown Yangon eventually lead
to the Sule Pagoda. The area is also home to numerous government buildings and offices, and
a center for bus and road transportation. The Sule Pagoda is not only recognized and cherished
for its long history, but in the more recent history of Myanmar, the pagoda has served as a
strategic space for politics, rallies, and protests.
4. Bogyoke Aung San Market
Bogyoke Aung San market, formerly known as Scott Market, was built in 1926 under a design
from the British colonial period. On the outside of the market are a number of European looking
cobblestone streets with shops housed and either side, and there’s also a large indoor section
that’s setup more like a bazaar. It is a good place to come if you’re looking for jewelry, Burmese
dresses and fabric, souvenirs, artwork, or handicrafts. There’s a large selection of things to
purchase all in one area, and it’s a nice clean market in a good location.
5. Chinatown Yangon
Chinatown in Yangon usually refers to the area of 24th through 17th street, west of the Sule
Pagoda in downtown Yangon. It’s one of the busiest and most action packed areas of town,
especially in the evening when the sides of the streets teem with food vendors selling
everything from fresh produce to ready-made things to eat.
20th street is known for its Chinese food like rice congee and grilled pork skewers. 19th Street
is known as the barbecue street, a side road that’s lined with Chinese restaurants that have
glass cabinets full of all things skewered ready to be chosen and barbecued up. Just grab a
table at one of the restaurants, choose the skewers you want, and relax as your food is cooked.
No. (341) Pyay Road, Sanchaung Township, Yangon, Myanmar