What to do in Yangon, the Former Capital of Myanmar

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, is a beautiful city that is both modern and old. Yangon’s historical remnants trace the influence of Buddhism as well as British colonialism. You may be wondering, what to do in Yangon?

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On the one hand, it is home to many sacred Buddhist sites that are centuries old. On the other hand, you will come across its magnificent colonial architecture. It is a busy city that bustles with vendors along its streets selling different types of goods. However, you will also come across high-rise buildings and five-star restaurants here. 

So, the list of things to do and see in this beautiful city is endless. Whether you want to explore its heritage or simply want to go sightseeing around, we have got you covered. Here’s what to do in Yangon to make your trip unforgettable!

Shwedagon Pagoda 

Make sure to add the golden Shwedagon Pagoda on your what to do in Yangon list!
Make sure to add the golden Shwedagon Pagoda on your what to do in Yangon list!

If you want to explore temples in Yangon, start with this ancient pagoda. This 330-feet tall stupa is an iconic monument in Myanmar which welcomes thousands of visitors every year. It is believed to have been built in the 6th century by Mon people of Myanmar. 

The Shwedagon Pagoda architecture is also noteworthy and has been subjected to renovations since the 15th century. The main stupa is covered in gold and decorated with precious rubies and diamonds. In addition to the main stupa, there are four gateways, four smaller stupas, and eight small shrines. 

Check out this Postcard from Shwedagon Pagoda!

It is a well preserved religious site, and devotees from around the world come here to perform different rituals.

Karaweik Palace

Karaweik Palace is a majestic golden structure located on the Kandawgyi lake.
Karaweik Palace is a majestic golden structure located on the Kandawgyi lake.

Also known as Karaweik Hall, this magnificent golden-colored palace is located on the eastern side of Kandawgyi Lake. This concrete structure replicates the Burmese Royal barge and is in the shape of two large birds. 

You will be able to see it glittering in the sun even from a distance. The Karaweik Palace consists of reception halls, conference rooms, restaurants, and theatres. It is a great place to watch cultural shows and performances and enjoy authentic food of Yangon. 

You will surely enjoy watching the Burmese puppet show, traditional Burmese dance and the elephant dance here. 

Visit Local Markets in Yangon

Bogyoke Market is the most popular place in Yangon to get jewelry.
Bogyoke Market is the most popular place in Yangon to get jewelry.

If you want to buy souvenirs for your family and friends or simply enjoy eating street food in Yangon, head to its local markets. Bogyoke Market, located in the heart of Yangon is the most popular market among tourists. There are many shops selling handicrafts, jewelry and other kinds of ornaments here. 

On the other hand, the Yangon night market that happens every day from 3PM-11PM along Strand Road is all about yummy food. Here, you will discover a variety of street-side snacks that include fried crickets, Ga Nan Hinn (crab curry), Kyaw Sone (deep fried fritters), Pae Mont (pastries), and Ti Kway( rice flour cakes). 

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Thinking about what to do in Yangon to make your tour more interesting? Exploring the local markets is perfect!

Maha Bandula Park

Maha Bandula Park is an ideal place to relax in Yangon.
Maha Bandula Park is an ideal place to relax in Yangon.

Maha Bandula Park is an ideal place for people living in Yangon to relax and forget the hustle and bustle of the city. You will come across some stunning plant and floral varieties here. 

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It also has a water fountain, and a playground for kids to have fun. You can take a walk through the garden and enjoy nature or even have a picnic with your loved ones. 

There’s also an independence monument located at the center of the park to mark the Burmese Independence from the British. The park is open to the public from 5.30 AM- 6.00 PM.

Try the Food of Yangon

Make sure not to miss the authentic and delicious food of Yangon!
Make sure not to miss the authentic and delicious food of Yangon!

Wondering what to do in Yangon besides visiting places? Consider trying its authentic food items. Most of them have a unique flavor which you might find amusing. 

You can try Koh Pu which is a sweet made from rice and is served with palm sugar syrup. Nagyithoke is also equally famous here which is basically a combination of fried noodles, pasta, and chicken or any other meat variety. 

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Shan noodles is another must-try food in Yangon. It is one of the well-known shops to dine in with locals that serve incredibly delicious noodles and dips at an affordable price. So, head to a good restaurant in Yangon or one of its street-side shops and enjoy!


Don't worry about what to do in Yangon. It is filled with diverse attractions and lots of amazing things to do. Exploring its cultural and historic sites can help you understand its rich heritage and strolling through its busy streets and chatting with locals can give you a unique experience. You can also tread through its lesser-known paths and discover Yangon’s true essence. Also, remember to try its authentic cuisine that is filled with rich flavors. All in all, this amazing city in Myanmar can keep you occupied and entertained for days. So, don’t forget to visit Yangon when you tour in Myanmar!

Raeesha Ikram freelance content writer for aSabbatical
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