Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Yangon

Shwedagon Paya

One of Buddhism's most sacred sites, the 325ft zedi (stupa) here is adorned with 27 metric tons of gold leaf, along with thousands of diamonds and other gems, and is believed to enshrine strands of the Gautama Buddh…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Yangon

Chaukhtatgyi Paya

Housed in a large metal-roofed shed, this beautiful 215ft-long reclining buddha is hardly publicised at all, even though it's larger than a similar well-known image in Bago. The statue's placid face, with glass eyes…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Yangon

Meilamu Paya

Situated next to the Nga Moe Yeik creek, this Disneyland-ish pagoda is a hoot. Larger-than-life 3D stucco depictions of the Buddha's life and practice litter the compound. A giant crocodile houses a gallery displayi…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Yangon

Ngahtatgyi Paya

One of Yangon's, if not Myanmar's, most gorgeous Buddha images is this 46ft-tall seated one at the Ngahtatgyi Paya, sitting in calm gold-and-white repose and adorned with a healthy splash of precious stones. It’s wo…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Yangon

Botataung Paya

Botataung’s spacious riverfront location and lack of crowds give it a more down-to-earth spiritual feeling than Shwedagon or Sule Paya. Its most original feature is the dazzling zigzag corridor, gilded from floor to…
Top Choice Park in Yangon

People's Park

Notable for its splendid views of the western side of Shwedagon Paya, this well-tended park offers plenty of pleasant features, such as flower gardens and ponds; fountains, including one made of concentric rings of …
Buddhist Stupa in Yangon

Sule Paya

It’s not every city where a primary traffic circle is occupied by a 2000-year-old golden temple. This 46m zedi (stupa), said to be older than Shwedagon Paya, is an example of modern Asian business life melding with …
Historic Building in Yangon

Ministers Office

Although currently closed to the public, it's worth making a circuit of this spectacular red-brick complex, which takes up a 16-acre block. Built in stages between 1889 and 1905, the Secretariat was the British seat…
Historic Building in Yangon

U Thant House

One of Myanmar's most respected international politicians, U Thant was UN secretary-general from 1961 to 1971. When his grandson, Thant Myint-U, discovered his house in the old Windermere estate area in 2012, the pl…
Market in Yangon

San Pya Fish Market

Far from pretty but compulsively fascinating is Yangon's wholesale fish market. It's a heady assault on the senses – especially that of smell – and best experienced in the dead of night (between 2am and 8am). This i…