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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 of Myanmar.
We have listed some of the more popular attractions in the city, along with some of the lesser known attractions that may also be of interest.

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 parking lot.

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 there.
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.

Botataung Pagoda

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 Buddha.
Admission is free.

Location: north of Shwe Gone Taing Road

Sule Pagoda

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 20:00.

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 religious ceremonies.

Location: Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Mayangone Township, just north of the Kaba Aye Paya.


National Museum

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 paintings.
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 Center)

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 public holidays.

Location: Bogyoke Aung San Museum Street, Bahan Township (north of Kan Daw Gyi Lake)

Martyr’s Mausoleum

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

Inya Lake

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 restaurants.

Location: Bounded by University Ave.,Pyay Rd., Kabar Aye Pagoda Rd.,

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. Entrance fee.

Location: approx. 25 miles north of central Yangon on the Hlawga Road,west of Yangon-Paya Road, Mingalardon Twonship



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