Attractions in Yangon
There are many and varied attraction to see and experience in
Yangon, and they can keep visitors busy for many days. These
include places of a spiritual nature, green parks and gardens,
and museums that provide an insight into the history and culture
We have listed some of the more popular attractions in the city,
along with some of the lesser known attractions that may also be
Shwe Dagon Paya
The largest and most important paya in Myanmar is the Shwe
Dagon Paya. It rises almost 100 meters above the green cityscape
of Yangon on Singuttara Hill, and is visible from miles around.
Eight hairs of the Gautama Buddha were enshrined here more than
2,500 years ago. The great golden Shwe Dagon Pagoda is the
symbol of the nation. It is said that it took 30 tons of gold to
build this imposing structure. No visit to Yangon would be
complete without a visiting Shwe Dagon. While the stupa is
spectacular in daylight, it is even more spectacular in
daylight, it is even more spectacular at night; it also offers a
panoramic view of the city.
The most famous artifact at the paya, is the Maha Ganda Bell, or
Singu Min Bell named after King Singu. The bell was cast between
1775 and 1779, and weights 23 tones. It is believed the ringing
the bell will bring good luck.
Entrances - There are four large, ornate entrances with
covered walkways that lead up to the paya. Walkways are lined
with vendors selling items for worshipers (candles, flowers,
gold leaf, stones, etc.) and souvenirs for domestic and
international tourists. The west walkway has escalators, and
there is an elevator at the north entrance where there is
Guide – There are official and unofficial guides available
for US$5. The efficacy of guides will vary, but the paya is
large and complex, and it is helpful to have someone to inform
you as to what things are, and what’s going on.
Entrance fee - USD $5. There are ticket booths at the East
and South entrances. If you enter from another entrance, someone
will catch up with you it collect the fee. Tickets are valid for
a single day, and must be retained by the visitor while they are
Note - If you go in the daytime, be sure to bring bottled water.
The sun can be fierce, and no food or water is for sale on the
platform itself. However, water is available at the lower parts
of the walkways. Hours: 06:30 to 22:00.Location: East of
People’s Park, at U Htaung Rd, & U Wisara Rd.
This 2.500- year old pagoda was originally called
Kyaik-de-att, and was later named after the 1,000 military
generals who brought the Buddhist relics from India to Myanmar.
‘Bo’ means general, and ‘tahtaung’ means a thousand. The inside
of the paya is hollow, so visitors can walk through it. There is
also a museum with a collection of interesting artifacts. The
Botataung Paya is a well-known land-mark on the Yangon
waterfront. Open: 6:00 to 20:00
Location: Corner Stand Road and Botahtaung Pagoda Road,
Botahtaung Township. Admission fee: USD $2
Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha
Originally constructed in 1907, the reclining Buddha is 72
meters long, and is the biggest reclining Buddha image in
Myanmar. However, it suffered damage over the years, and
reconstruction was started in 1957, and completed 1966. A unique
feature of the image is the glass mosaic on the soles of its
feet which represent the 108 special characteristics of the
Admission is free.
Location: north of Shwe Gone Taing Road
This pagoda is located right in the center of the city. In
fact the pagoda itself is in the middle of a traffic circle. It
is said to be over 2,000 years old, and to contain a hair of the
Buddha. It is octagonal in shape, approx.. 46 meters (152 feet)
high, and is encircled with small shops such as astrologers,
palmists, photo studios and watch repair. Non-Myanmar citizens
will need to enter by the east gate or the north gate. The
entrance fee is USD $2 , or 2,000 kyat. Open: 04:00 to 22:00.
Location: Intersection of Sule Pagoda Road & Mahabandoola
Road Kyauktada Township.
Maha Wizaya Pagoda
This is a new pagoda built in 1980 as a memorial to the First
Successful Congregation of the Sangha of All Orders when all
sects of the Buddhist monastic order came under one supervisory
body. It is connected to the Shwe Dagon Pagoda by a pedestrian
bridge. It is a well proportioned pagoda, and combines modern
and traditional styles: but it is not as grandiose as Shwe
Dagon. Entrance fee: 200 kyat.
Open: 05:00 to 21:00, Location: U Htaing Bo Road, just soth
of Shwe Dagon Paya
Kaba Aye Pagoda
This is a new paya constructed in 1952, and was built for the
sixth Buddhist synod, held from 1954 to 1956. The name means
‘world peace’ in English and is known as the World Peace Pagoda.
It is 112 feet high, and the interior is hollow, and contains
some nice Buddhist statues. Admission is free. Open: 06:00 to
Location: Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Mayangone Township, about 5
miles north of downtown, near the Renaissance Inya Lake Hotel.
Maha Pasana Guha
Known as the ‘Great Cave’ this is a human made cave also
constructed for the sixth Buddhist synod, held from 1954 to 1956
to coincide with the 2.500th anniversary of the enlightenment of
Biddha. The enormous cave took more than a year to construct,
and hold up to 10,000 people. It is still used for large
Location: Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Mayangone Township, just
north of the Kaba Aye Paya.
The five- storey museum houses a priceless collection of
artifacts and items of historical significance . The highlight
of the collection is the Sihasana (Lion Throne) which belonged
to King Thibaw Min, the last king of Myanmar. Also on display is
royal regalia from 19th century, jewel encrusted beds, silver
and gold rugs, large and ornate palanquins, as well as artifacts
from ancient periods, articles of cultural heritage and
archaeological value, art, weaponry, musical instruments and
Admission fee: USD $5 (FEC & Euro also accepted). Open: 10:00 to
16:00 Closed on Monday, Tuesday and government holidays. Tickets
available only up to 15:30.
Location: 66/74 Pyay Road, Dagon Township (north of Taw Win
Bogyoke Aung San Museum
This was the house were General Aung San lived, with his
wife. Daw Kin Kyi, and their three children. The 1920s house is
still in original condition, and has many interesting items in
display including Aung San’s car, his library, photos, and his
suit. Rvidently the museum is closed to locals, but if tourists
talk to the guards and as politely, they will usually be let in.
Admission fee: USD $3. Open: 10:00 to 15:00. Closed Monday and
Location: Bogyoke Aung San Museum Street, Bahan Township
(north of Kan Daw Gyi Lake)
A memorial built to honor Aung San and 6 cabinet members who
were assassinated in 1947. It also contains the tombs of Queen
Suphayalat, wife of Burma’s last king; nationalist and writer
Thakin Kodaw Hmaing; former UN Secretary-General U Thant; and
Aung San Suu Kyi’s mother, Khin Kyi. This is the place that was
bombed by North Korean agents in 1983 in an attempt to
assassinate the visiting South Korean president. The president
escaped, but 21 others were killed in the blast. The mausoleum
is open only one day a year on July 19th .
Location: Ar Zar Street, north of Shwe Dagon Paya
Kan Daw Gyi Lake
This large lake is just north of downtown, and around it is a
park and recreation area. It’s a busy park with busy roads
around it. The Lake is best known for the Karaweik, a huge
concrete replica of a royal Burmese barge. It is actually a
government owned restaurant The scenery is very nice, and there
is a children’s playground, an orchid garden, and souvenir shops
and restaurants. The best views are at sunset. There is also a
boardwalk around the southern edge of the lake, affording a
better view than that from the gardens. However the entry fee
for the boardwalk alone is 2000 kyat. There is a 300k entrance
fee for tourists. Open: 04:00 to 22:00
Location: Bounded by Natmauk Rd.,Bahan Rd.,and Kan Yeik Thar Rd.
Bogyoke Aung San Park
A small scenic park located on the north side Kan Daw Gyi
Lake with hills and shady green trees. It has a good view of Kan
Daw Gyi Lake, and is a popular park where city-dwellers come to
relax and enjoy leisure time. The playgrounds and picnic areas
are favorite spots for children and teenagers.
Location: Natmauk Road
This a huge artificial lake in the north of the city, and is
some 5 times larger than Kan Daw Gyi Lake. Unfortunately, the
lake cannot be seen from street level. But some parts of the
shoreline are accessible on foot, and are known for their
gardens. Along the eastern shore shoreline is the famous Inya
Lake Hotel, and the University of Yangon is southwest of the
lake. Around the lakeside are many expensive villas, and upscale
Location: Bounded by University Ave.,Pyay Rd., Kabar Aye
Yangon Zoological Garden
The zoo was opened by the British in 1906. And has been
popular with locals and tourists alike. It houses a large
collection of animals (about 200 different species) and plants.
Animals include lions, hippos, elephants, tigers, giraffes,
monkeys, etc. On weekend or public holidays there are snake
shows and elephant performances. There is also an amusement park
in the zoo.
Open: 08:00 to 18:00 Admission fee: 2,000 kyat (tickets
available until 16:30)
Location: Kan Yeik Thar Rd., south of Kan Daw Gyi Lake.
Independence Monument & Mahabandoola Garden
Know for its rose gardens, the Independence Monument is
located inside the garden offers a good view of City Hall, and
other colonial buildings. In the early morning people come to
practice tai chi. Entrance fee: 500 kyat.
Location: Downtown, southeast of Sule Paya
Hlawga Wildlife Park
The park covers about 1.650 acres, including a lake, has some
70 kinds of animals and 90 species of birds. Bird watching,
elephant rides, boating, and fishing are popular here. There is
a museum with replicas of traditional Myanmar buildings, and a
small zoo with a rock garden. The park is a good place for
picnickers, naturalists, and botanists, Open: 08:00 to 16:00.
Location: approx. 25 miles north of central Yangon on the
Hlawga Road,west of Yangon-Paya Road, Mingalardon Twonship