Independence Monument


This 165ft white obelisk inside Mahabandoola Garden is surrounded by two concentric circles of chinthe (half-lion/half-dragon deities). Designed by Sithu U Tin, one of the architects of nearby City Hall, it was erected in 1948 replacing a statue of Queen Victoria.

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Nearby Yangon attractions

1. Mahabandoola Garden

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A green breathing space in the heart of downtown Yangon, this park provides lovely views of surrounding heritage buildings, including City Hall, the High…

2. Old Tourist Burma Building

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In late 2019, following a major heritage-restoration project overseen by the nonprofit Turquoise Mountain, this stately colonial building reopened. Much…

3. High Court

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Lording it over the east side of Mahabandoola Garden, the 1911 Queen Anne–style former High Court with its bell clock tower and rooftop lion statues was…

4. Immanuel Baptist Church

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One of Yangon's oldest Baptist churches, this one was originally built in 1830 though the present structure dates from 1885.

5. Sule Paya


Not many cities have a primary traffic circle occupied by a 2200-year-old golden temple. This 46m zedi (stupa), said to be older than Shwedagon Paya, is…

6. Ayeyarwady Bank

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This 1910 heritage building was once Rowe & Co department store, dubbed the 'Harrods of the East'. After independence it was used to house the Ministry of…

7. Yangon Stock Exchange

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Looking like a giant vault, this monumental neoclassical structure was originally built in 1937 to house the Reserve Bank of India. In December 2015 it…

8. City Hall

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This colossal colonial building, which today houses the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), was constructed between 1925 and 1940. It's adorned with…