Must-see attractions in Yangon

  • High Court

    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…

  • City Hall

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

  • Suphayalat's Mausoleum

    This traditional-style multitiered construction contains the tomb of Burma’s last queen, Suphayalat (1859–1925). Having been exiled to India with her…

  • St Mary’s Cathedral

    Myanmar's largest Catholic cathedral is an impressive red-brick building dating from 1909. The neo-Gothic design is mainly down to Dutch architect Jos…

  • 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…

  • Myanmar Aquarium

    Singapore company Surbana Jurong designed this new, international-standard aquarium which is set to open by the end of 2019. Over 20 different tanks,…

  • Sri Varada Raja Perumal Temple

    Dedicated to Vishnu, this lavishly decorated Hindu temple dates from 1928 and was built by the Indian businessman Dr S Ramanatha Reddiar. It has the…

  • Resistance Park

    Sectioned off from neighbouring People's Park is this former parade ground. It's a pleasant place for a stroll, with great views of Shwedagon Paya. When…

  • Yangon Divisional Court

    This ailing, pastel-coloured building is one of the oldest masonry structures in Yangon, dating from around 1900. Its original use was as the Currency…

  • Surti Sunni Jamah Mosque

    Built in the 1860s, this is thought to be Yangon's oldest surviving Muslim place of worship. Its pair of large minarets flanks an equally imposing arched…

  • Myanmar Deitta

    From the Pali word for 'in front of one's eyes', Deitta is a nonprofit working with local and international documentary photographers, filmmakers and…

  • Customs House

    The red-brick Customs House, built between 1912 and 1916 and designed by John Begg, one the Raj's principal architects, is still functioning for its…

  • Myanma Port Authority

    This grand building is a landmark on the Strand with its striking square corner tower and bas-relief sculptures of ships on the facade. For a brief time…

  • Yangon Stock Exchange

    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…

  • Shwedagon Paya Museum

    Accessed from the west side of Shwedagon's main terrace is this small museum which is chock-full of buddha statues and religious ornaments. Look for the…

  • Mogul Shia Mosque

    Completed in 1918, this is the largest of a handful of Shia mosques in Yangon, occupying a broad plot between 29th and 30th Sts along Mahabandoola Rd. The…

  • Inland Waterways Department

    This building was once the headquarters of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company and has weathered the passage of time well. Cross the road to admire its upper…

  • Immanuel Baptist Church

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

  • Bogyoke Aung San Museum

    You'll have to work hard to imagine what life was like inside this colonial-era mansion, where Aung San lived with his family for just over two years…

  • 491-501 Merchant St

    Around 250 workers were trained in new skills for the sensitive restoration in 2016 of this two-storey colonial-era building, home to 80 residents from 12…