9 things to see and do in Yangon, Myanmar

By Chatrium_Hotels_and_Residences | Nov 13, 2018
Asia > Myanmar > Yangon

1. Shwedagon Pagoda

It only takes a 15 minute stroll from Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon to reach the world’s oldest pagoda, Shwedagon Pagoda, built over 2,600 years ago.
Towering over the city with its 99m stupa, the Shwedagon Pagoda glitters brightly around the clock. For the best times to get enchanted by this magnificent beauty, visit during sunrise or sunset.

Opening: 04:00 to 22:00
Address: ဗဟန်းလမ်း, Yangon, Myanmar
Admission: 10,000 Kyats

Travel Tip: Take the hotel’s complimentary shuttle bus to Shwedagon Pagoda. If you are an early riser, you can go when it’s still dark to see a magnificent sunrise.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

2. Botahtaung Pagoda

The Botataung Pagoda is a famous pagoda located in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, near the Yangon river. The pagoda was first built by the Mon around the same time as was Shwedagon Pagoda— over 2500 years ago. The pagoda is hollow within, and houses what is believed to be a sacred hair of Gautama Buddha.

Opening: 06:00 to 22:00
Address: Strand Rd, Yangon
Admission: 3,000 Kyats (Camera fee 1,000 Kyats)

Travel Tip: Please remove your shoes and socks before entering any Burmese temple

3. Sule Pagoda

The Sule Pagoda  is a Burmese stupa located in the heart of downtown Yangon, occupying the centre of the city. According to legend, it was built before the Shwedagon Pagoda during the time of the Buddha, making it more than 2,500 years old.

Opening: 04:00 to 22:00
Address: Junction of Sule Pagoda Road, မဟာဗန္ဓုလလမ်း, Yangon 11141
Admission: 3,000 Kyats (Camera fee 1,000 Kyats)

Travel Tip: There are four entrances reached by stairways facing each of the four cardinal directions, and two covered overhead walkways.

4. Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda

With expressive large eyes, vermillion lips and bright blue eye shadow, the impressive 65 meter long x 16 meter high reclining Sweet-Eyed Buddha as it is affectionately nicknamed is housed here at the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda.

Opening: 06:00 to 20:00
Address: Shwegondine Road, Yangon
Admission: 3,000 Kyats

Travel Tip: The entrance fee is used for the upkeep of the temple grounds and the Reclining Buddha image.

Reclining Buddha, Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Reclining Buddha, Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

5. Karaweik Hall

Take in the panoramic views of the Royal Lake and the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda as you dine in Karaweik Hall, a bird-shaped floating restaurant with three floors of dining rooms, open spaces for traditional performances, and other activities for children.

Opening: 06:30 to 21:30
Address: Kandawgyi Lake Compound, Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township, Yangon 11221
Admission: 300 Kyats

Travel Tip: The cost of the buffet including a few drinks and the entertainment is around US$20 per person.

Karaweik Hall, Yangon, Myanmar

Karaweik Hall, Yangon, Myanmar

6. Kandawgyi Lake

Located in the middle of Yangon, Kandawgyi Lake literally translates into ‘great royal lake’, a great picnic spot surrounded by the Kandawgyi Nature Park, Yangon Zoological Gardens and many other restaurants.

Opening: 04:00 to 22:00
Address: Kandawgyi Lake, Yangon
Admission: 300 Kyats

Travel Tip: The boardwalk running along two sides of the lake is a wonderful place to exercise or jog early in the morning, then take a break at a coffee shop and enjoy a cup of coffee or smoothie.

Kandawgyi Lake, Yangon, Myanmar

Kandawgyi Lake, Yangon, Myanmar

7. Kandawgyi Nature Park

Kandawgyi Garden or Kandawgyi Nature Park is a popular recreation centre of the capital of Yangon. The area of the Garden is 110 acres, water areas is 150 acres, which makes it a total of 260 acres. You can find a variety of beautiful flowers, the natural scene of the lake water and large shady trees. There are also an orchid garden, the children play-ground, Mini Zoo, the souvenir shops and many restaurants. The playgrounds and picnic areas are favourite spots for children and teenagers. The beauty of Karaweik Hall also shows a unique work of art to be explored in the heart of Kandawgyi Lake. Kandawgyi meaning "the great lake" in Myanmar is a well-known place in Yangon.

Opening: 04:00 to 22:00
Address: Natmauk Road and Kandawgyi Kanpat Road, Yangon
Admission: 1,000 Kyats

Travel Tip: There are a few restaurants in Kandawgyi Nature Park, so in addition to the natural beauty it is a really nice place to have lunch or dinner.

Kandawgyi Nature Park, Yangon, Myanmar

Kandawgyi Nature Park, Yangon, Myanmar

8. Bogyok Market

Bogyoke Aung San Market  is a major bazaar located in Pabedan township in central Yangon, Myanmar. Known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets, the market is a major tourist destination, dominated by antique, Burmese handicraft and jewellery shops, art galleries, and clothing stores. Bogyoke Market is a popular black market location to exchange currency. The market also has a number of stores for local shoppers, selling medicine, foodstuffs, garments and foreign goods.

Opening: 09:00 to 17:00
Address: Bogyoke Aung San Road Pabedan 11143
Admission: Free

Travel Tip: Bring plenty of cash as they don’t accept credit cards. If you decide to use USD, bring only crisp bills. Remember to practice your bargaining skills before going.

9. Inya Lake

Inya Lake is the largest lake in Yangon, Burma (Myanmar), a popular recreational area for Yangonites, and a famous location for romance in popular culture.

Opening: 24/7
Address: Inya Lake, Yangon
Admission: Free

Travel Tip: Around the southwest corner of the lake is a group of food stalls that are extremely popular at night.

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