It’s my 7th country here in Southeast Asia and this time it’s the “Golden Land of Asia” – Myanmar. Also known as Burma. I’m excited to share my experiences in Yangon as I continue my Southeast Asia Blog Tour.
We started our tour at the capital city, Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon. It is derived from the Burmese words yan (ရန်) and koun (ကုန်) which means End of Strife. It’s the largest city in Myanmar and the most important commercial center.
Allow me to share with you guys the 7 Must-see places in Yangon, Myanmar.
1. Chauk-Htat-Gyi Buddha Temple
This temple is the most well-known Buddhist temple in Yangon. It is one of the largest in Myanmar. This reclining Buddha is 217 ft. long.
You can also find here the 36 small Buddha statues and some old images of the Buddha.
2. Bogyoke Aung San Market
It’s a major market place in central Yangon and known for its architecture and cobblestone streets. The market is the perfect place for souvenirs and dominated by Burmese handicrafts, art galleries, and clothing stores.
3. The Independence Monument
The monument is located in Maha Bandoola Park. This is a very unique monument bearing meaningful messages about the war against the invaders. It is 46 meters high and around it, you will see the historical summary engraved on it.
4. High Court Building
This colonial-era building serves as the regional high court of the Yangon region. It is located right in front of the Independence Monument.
5. Sule Pagoda
This 2,600 year-old-Burmese stupa is the home of modern Burmese politics, geography, and ideology. The Sule Pagoda was built before the Shwedagon Pagoda. And listed on the Yangon City Heritage.
6. The Secretariat
This building is known as the spot where Aung San, a Burmese revolutionary, and 6 cabinet ministers were assassinated. It was formerly called the Ministers’ building and made of red and yellow brick inspired by Victorian-style design. Unfortunately, the building was under renovation that’s why we haven’t seen the exact spot where the whole incident happened.
7. Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred and famous Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar. It contains the four sanctified relics of the previous Buddhas. Like the eight strands of hair from Gautama, the water filter of Konagamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa, and the staff of Kakusandha.
We stayed in Yangon for only a night. And headed straight to Mandalay at night of the same day. Yangon is a city rich in culture and I think a day is not enough to explore the whole city. So if I were you, try to allow at least 2-3 days to know more about the history, heritage, beliefs, and culture of this amazing city.
How about you? What’s your experience? Is there a spot or place in Yangon that we missed? If yes, comment below and share your experiences. Keep an eye out for my next articles about our Mandalay trip and the Old Bagan sunrise moment. 😊