This 3 hours private walking tour designed for small group of maximum 8 people leading by an experienced English-speaking guide. This walking tour focuses on Yangon’s incredible architecture: golden temples, local houses, iconic sites and faded colonial buildings. You’ll also head to quiet side such as local streets and visit a tea shop to get a taste of the local culture and daily lifestyles of Yangon residents.
The 3 hour walking tour will cover 5 kms in the central districts of downtown. Many of the buildings visited are on the Yangon City Heritage List, a list of 188 man-made structures mainly consisting of religious landmarks and colonial-era buildings. Highlights include City Hall, the old railway station and the former Minister’s office where General Aung San was assassinated. Interspersed in the guided walk are various religious sites such as the St Mary’s Cathedral, built in 1899. You will be treated to a smorgasbord of structures and styles from the British colonial era: Victorian, Queen Anne, Neoclassical, Art Deco and an amalgam of British and Burmese. Then heading to the Sule Pagoda. Sule Pagoda is located on the center of downtown Yangon. The pagoda itself was constructed using the basic form utilized in Indian architecture, but the embellishments and final design are of a Mon-style Burmese influence. The main pagoda is octagonal in shape. Explore and take some photos surround the pagoda and house a variety of Buddha statues before proceed to Botataung Pagoda.We visit Botataung Pagoda and wander through the maze of donations on display, some are very old and all very interesting. You can join the queue and view it all through the glass. Have a look at 3 different Buddha: Indian, Chinese and Myanmar Buddha over the turtle pond. Visitors are queuing on the bridge over the turtle lake waiting to give their offerings and you can observe or walk around to take some great photos.Finally, we will walk through a local street where you will have a chance to witness the local lifestyle; from the busy bus and boat stations to the tea shops and hidden street markets. There are plenty of chances to interact with Yangon residents and learn more about the Burmese culture. We will stop for a cup of tea or coffee at Lat Ywae Sin, a favorite tea shop with the locals. Busy from morning until night, this shop roasts its own coffee and has unique wood carvings on its wall. If you are feeling hungry, they are famous for their semolina cake and also offer great noodle (Optional).