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Exploring The Quaint City of Yangon

Interested in the things to do in Yangon, Myanmar? Are you spending an entire day in the city without any plans whatsoever? This one-day itinerary is just the thing for you!

Read on to find out more.

Of Trains, Gleaming Temples, and The Local Burmese Market

A full day touring the city begins bright and early with an adventurous and picturesque ride on the ever-famous Circular Train which departs from the Yangon Central Railway Station. 

Experience the day-to-day life of the locals and remember to capture the beautiful moments of the locals going about doing their daily routine as the train chugs along its pre-determined, three-hour-long route.

Thereafter, you may opt for a short walking tour in Yangon’s bustling downtown area to experience first hand the Burmese culture and its multifaceted religious background. The historical buildings here are a special highlight as they’ve been artfully faded with a shade of beautiful colonial charm — offering an urbane scenery not found anywhere else in the world.

From there, a trip to one of the most popular travel sites in Yangon is warranted. We’re specifically referring to the Kheng Hock Keong Chinese Temple located in Chinatown. This Chinese temple acts as a vibrant, living example of Myanmar’s multi-cultural background. 

Following the temple visit, you may then head to Pansodan Street to meet with the old business district of the city, which as you’ve been made aware, is a locale filled with some of the most aesthetically-pleasing colonial architecture in the region. 

A short walk here will bring you face-to-face with some abandoned colonial-era government buildings that have also made the cut as part of the Yangon City Heritage List. For your information, this list also encompasses the Myanmar Port Authority building and the old Accountant General’s Office. 

As you venture further down this stretch of road, you’ll be met with the Pansodan Jetty. It is here you’ll get to admire and watch how the locals live by the Yangon River.

Once you’re done with sightseeing in the city, it’s time to pay an obligatory visit to one of the many temples found within this majority Theravada Buddhist populist city. And one of the more well-known temples in Yangon is the Chaukhtatgyi Temple. This temple is the home to a 66-metre long reclining Buddha statue and it is also here that you’ll be able to observe the locals praying and paying homage to the venerated figure.

The next place to visit after this will be the Bogyoke Market — Myanmar’s largest market with over 2,000 stalls in it. Also known as the Scott Market, you will find a wide variety of knick-knacks and Burmese souvenirs to buy. From traditional Burmese clothing to lacquerware to gems and jewellery to an artful collection of the local artwork, there’s surely something that will catch your attention here.

Last but not least, it’s recommended that you cap off an amazing day in Yangon by spending the evening sunset watching at the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda. This holy ground is considered one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the city as the pagoda is believed to enshrine strands of hair from the revered Gautama Buddha, while also containing relics from three former Buddhas.

Another highlight of the Shwedagon Pagoda is the massive bell-shaped stupa that’s been painted in a golden accent from head to toe. The tip of this stupa, in particular, is set with various luxurious gems and stones including diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and topaz — which makes for a grand “crown” to this majestic religious architecture.

Indeed, the stunning scenery of this ancient monument coupled with a backdrop of the beautiful sunset does lend credence to Myanmar’s unofficial nickname as “The Land of The Golden Pagodas.”

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