things to do in Yangon

Things to do in Yangon

Yangon formerly known as Rangoon is one of the most busy and exciting city that is full of different characters , with so many things to do in Yangon . What I am writing here is  just to recommend the list of attractions to do , it is not about the famous things to do around the city .but it’s more about just experiencing the city, the life, the culture, the things that happen along the streets.

Top Things to do in Yangon ?

 1.A visit to Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda things to do in Yangon         It can be said that your journey to Myanmar never complete without a  visit to Shwedagon “Golden Pagoda Of Myanmar which is one of the most important religious sites in Yangon, and all of Myanmar.The pagoda thickly covered with gold plates reach a height of almost 100 meters , is clearly visible through the city , it shimmers in the sun with its incredibly golden surface.Golden Shwedagon Pagoda is highly venerated and respected by Buddhist people not only from Myanmar but also from different parts of the world . When you’re there, what you’ll see is the local  people performing a series of rituals according to the day they were born, and people will also walk circumferences around the base of the pagoda. The best  time to visit pagoda is late afternoon ( before dusk ) and early visit to Pagoda is highly recommended to enjoy and experience the peaceful moments of your life while wandering around pagoda platform .A visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the things you must do when you’re in Yangon.Off course , there is four main entrance to access to Shwedagon pagoda –  out of them Southern Entrance and Western entrance are more easy to access .
  • Entry Fees  :  10,000 kyats ( USD$ 8 ) per person – If you wish to repeat your visit to pagoda within a day – Please keep sticker and ticket you  bought – So you can visit it twice ( morning visit and afternoon visit )
  • Dress code : proper clothes to wear is requested : If you wear the short pants , you are advised to put the traditional longyi (For man & women ) on before climbing up to pagoda platform – Tradition longyi ( for man and woman ) can be rented at the entrance fees counter – But leave deposit ( 3,000 kyat ) to rent the longyi and full deposit will be refunded to you as longyi is returned to respective counter .
  • How to get there: The easiest way to get to the Shwedagon Pagoda from downtown Yangon is to take a taxi. From downtown, it might cost around 2,000 to 2,000 kyats .
  • Open hours: 05:00 am – 10:00 pm daily
2-Explore the street markets things to do in Yangon         Wandering around the open street markets of Yangon is one of the must-do activities and Street markets in Yangon look so vibrant and colorful which is full of interesting activities.  I am defiantly sure that you will get to  experience so much local life, and see what goes into the local food, which is a major part of life. The big wholesales market in Yangon to explore is Thiri Mingalar market located on the outskirts of town. It’s one of the largest wholesale distribution markets in the city, and it’s a great place to visit if you want an action packed market experience. However, even within downtown Yangon there are plenty of fresh markets. One of the most notable is on Street 26, across the street from the Shri Kali Temple, known as Thein Gyi Market.One of the interesting things about this market in Yangon is that, despite the busyness of the market and vendors selling in the middle of the road, small delivery vehicles will still pass through.When an oncoming vehicle comes, the vendors will scurry to move their things aside, but the low laying baskets of food will remain, and the vehicle will drive right over them. 3- Historic Sule Pagoda things to do in Yangon         Sule Pagoda “ one of the historic pagoda in Yangon is a city navigational landmarks as well. It is because 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 recognized and cherished for its long history and additionally, the pagoda has served as a strategic space for politics, rallies, and protests in the more recent history of Myanmar.Compare to Shwedagon pagoda , there is not really much to explore and experience inside the pagoda . so it is advisable to see The Sule Pagoda from the outside and explore the area around it .
  • Entry fees                          : USD$ 03 each .
  • How to get there           : If you’re in central downtown Yangon, you really cannot miss the Sule Pagoda, it’s the main roundabout intersection right in the middle of downtown
  • Open hours                      : 05:30 am – 08:00 pm daily
4-Shopping to Bogyoke Aung San Market things to do in Yangon        

Bogyoke Aung San market, also formerly known as Scott Market, was built in 1926 under a design from the British colonial period. And which is located on General Aung San Road in the city centre . The market seems to be a little on the touristy side, and prices are little high as well. But that being said, it is a good place to come if you’re looking for jewelry (just use discretion), Burmese dresses and fabric, souvenirs, artwork, or handicrafts.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’s a large selection of things to purchase all in one area, and it’s a nice clean market in a good location.

No entry fees to access to market but it closes on every Monday . 5-Walking around Yangon’s Chinatown for culinary experience things to do in Yangon      

Chinatown in Yangon usually refers to the area of 24th through 18th 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.19th street is also a famous relaxing night-life destination, a place where both tourists and locals come to drink and hang out.How to get there: If you’re staying in central Yangon, it’s pretty manageable to walk to Chinatown. From Sule Pagoda it’s about a 10 – 15 minute walk and the toughest part is crossing a few main streets
  • Open hours: For the market and food, it’s best to go to Yangon Chinatown in the evening, about 5 pm things start to get buzzing
  • Prices: prices is varied depending on what you eat and drink –but the prices will not be not too expensive – foods will be delicious beyond your expectation .
6-Relaxing and walking around Kandawgyi Park things to do in Yangon         The downtown area of Yangon is chaotic, hectic, and there never seems to be a quiet or dull moment.That’s quite the exact opposite from Kandawgyi Park, one of the lush green lake parks in Yangon.There are a couple of different options to take when you visit Kandawgyi Park. On the east side of the park, there are a number of restaurants, including the Karaweik Palace, but also a few other lake-side relaxing restaurants where you can eat and have a drink (Ying and I ate at Malihku restaurant).The other section of Kandawgyi Park is the lake boardwalk, a nice elevated platform where you can walk or exercise with beautiful views of the lake, the Karawiek Palace, and the Shwedagon Pagoda in the background. If you go in the evening, on a nice day (when it’s not raining), you’ll have a fantastic sunset view of the Shwedagon Pagoda. Visiting Kandawgyi Park is one of the great things to do in Yangon because it’s such a change of pace and a haven of calm in the usually buzzing downtown of Yangon.
  • How to get there: It’s easiest to take a taxi from downtown Yangon for 1,500 – 2,000 Kyats
  • Open hours: 06:00 am – 10 pm daily
  • Price: 300 Kyats ($.30) for restaurant area, 2,000 Kyats ($2.02) for boardwalk
7- A visit to Chaukhtatgyi Paya (Reclining Buddha ) – Reclining Buddha things to do in Yangon       Chaukhtatgyi Paya also know as one of The Huge  Reclining Buddha, is an absolutely massive in length of 65 meters. Originally The statue was half sitting and half reclining position . it was out of proportion . So  about fifty years ago it toppled over, and was eventually replaced with a reclining version.Next to Reclining Buddha , there are the number of monasteries you can hang around to observe the monastic life of Buddhist monks .There’s another famous temple, directly across the street from Chaukhtatgyi Paya, called Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda, that you can also visit if you’re interested.
  • Tip: You have to leave you shoes at the entrance, and there’s a polite shoe rack guard who will take care of your shoes –.
  • How to get there: Taking a taxi is about the only way to get to Chaukhtatgyi Paya and from central Yangon it cost us 2,500 kyat .
  • Open hours: 06:00 am to 10:00 pm  –but daytime is best
  • No entry fees
8-Yangon Circular Railroad Ride things to do in Yangon Trains are a fairly common form of public transportation throughout Myanmar, and there’s a circular loop route in Yangon, which was built by the British back in 1954. The circular railroad runs for just under 50 kilometers, stops at 39 station, and takes about 3 hours to complete. Taking a ride on the Yangon circular railroad is not really a traditional attraction at all, but it’s a great way to experience and observe the life and culture in around the outskirts of town. I also liked that we actually left the main part of Yangon and got a brief glimpse of the countryside. If you have a half a day to spare when you’re in Yangon, and if you’re interested in seeing the culture and life that surrounds Yangon, taking the circular railroad is a pretty cool thing to do. My highlight of the ride was Danyingon station, which was almost in the middle of the route, where there was a huge market, full of fresh vegetables waiting to be transported. How to get there: The train departs from Yangon Central Railroad station, which is located just north of the Sule Pagoda, in-between Sule Pagoda road and Pansodan street. I walked from the Sule Pagoda, and it took about 10 minutes.
  • Open hours: Trains  leave from Platform 6 (but the attendant will tell you exactly), about every 30 minutes – 1 hour starting in the morning
  • Price: 300 Kyats ($0.30) for a ticket
9-Walking around the city center things to do in Yangon The big city like Yangon is full of interesting activities to do and enjoy. Actually you just never know what you’re going to find, see, or experience when you’re randomly walking around. Walking around the city should be one of the favorite things to do in Yangon other than eating Businesses of every kind, busy street food stalls, relaxing tea stalls, markets occupying the sides of sidewalks and streets filled with a colorful bounty of produce, temples of a diversity of religions… and that’s just the beginning of what you’ll see. Exploring Yangon on foot, gives you the opportunity to stop and watch something interesting, or to notice the details of what’s happening here and there. Downtown Yangon is such a busy place, and though it may look a bit disorganized, somehow the city functions and flows. Make sure you are careful crossing the main roads, pedestrians by all means don’t have the right of way, so just be careful, but other than that, just starting walking around the streets of downtown and you’ll see life unfolding in front of you. 10-Eat Myanmar Food and Drink Tea things to do in Yangon Myanmar is located between India, China, and Thailand. So that  the flavors of their cuisine have been influenced by this spectrum of regional diversity.I think eating local Myanmar food and drinking tea is one the greatest things about visiting Yangon.Walking down the street in downtown Yangon, you literally can’t go more than a few steps without arriving at the next street food stall. There are interesting things to eat being whipped up at nearly every corner. One of the most popular dishes in Myanmar cuisine, available nearly everywhere you go, is a dish called mohinga. It’s a bowl of rice noodles submerged in a fish based soup broth that tastes like a mild curry, full of flavorful ingredients and spices. Another Myanmar food you can’t miss when you’re in Yangon is laphet thoke, or pickled tea leaf salad. It’s a common dish that you’ll find at restaurants and at side of the street tea stalls. Finally for foodies tour to Yangon would not be complete without a full on Myanmar curry feast. Another part of the food culture what you need to do is to enjoy drinking tea. Tea plays a major part in the social culture of Myanmar, and basically every sidewalk throughout Yangon is occupied, at some point throughout the day, by a tea stall.All you have to do is find an empty plastic stool, order a snack that’s available, and tea, which is Chinese style tea, is served complimentary. Drinking tea on the side of the road, sitting on a micro stool, is one of the great joys of visiting Yangon. Now it is your turn to turn your dream into reality – It can be ensured that there will be no doubts and regrets for traveling to Myanmar . To explore in depth of Yangon , Why not find our product and get in touch wiht us 24 / 7 ? If you are photographer ,please consider to join Yangon Street Photography Tour with us .  
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