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Things to Do in Yangon Myanmar – Highlights of a Captivating City

The city of Yangon in Myanmar is always an interesting place to visit. Here you will find an array of interesting things to do that showcase the country's rich culture and heritage.

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Visit Shwedagon Pagoda

The renowned Shwedagon Pagoda is unquestionably one of Yangon's most significant religious attractions. You will see that this temple's eye-catching chedi is a magnificent sight with its height of no less than 99 m and gleaming golden colour. Shwedagon Pagoda is regarded as being one of Myanmar's important cultural monuments and is visited by a steady stream of devotees as well as curious sightseers. If you visit this religious site you will have the opportunity to observe local Buddhists performing various religious rituals and walking around the pagoda's base. It is believed that gold, diamonds and other jewels are stored in the uppermost part of the pagoda.

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Experience a Fresh Market

Visiting one of Yangon's fresh markets is sure to be a memorable experience and will be a great way to obtain an authentic insight into the traditional way of life of the local people. One option would be to visit the Thiri Mingalar Market which is located on the fringes of the city. Here you will have the opportunity to view plenty of action and animation as the local vendors and buyers go about their activities. Another option would be to visit Theingyi Market located in the city's downtown which is also an appealing market that will capture the imagination of the visitor with its various attractions.

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Tour the Sule Pagoda

The well-known Sule Pagoda is considered to be one of Yangon's most important historical and religious landmarks. The Sule Pagoda inherits a lengthy historical heritage, but in recent times it has also served as a popular venue for political activities, protests and rallies. In fact, Sule Pagoda is also a significant landmark for navigational purposes as well, as many of Yangon's downtown roads seem to converge at this pagoda. According to tradition, this pagoda was initially founded 2,500 years ago during Buddha Gautama's lifetime. However, since then this pagoda has been enlarged and renovated numerous times by various local rulers.

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Explore Bogyoke Aung San Market

This attractive market was created in 1926 with a design that was representative of the colonial British era. Also referred to by its former moniker, Scott Market, this Yangon attraction is bordered by several European style cobblestone lanes that are flanked by shops. You will see that this market also includes a sizable indoor area that somewhat resembles a bazaar. Bogyoke Aung San Market is a great place to shop for jewellery, Burmese fabrics and dresses, artworks, handicrafts and souvenirs. A choice of accommodation that you could consider from which this market would be within easy reach would be Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon which may be regarded as a conveniently located hotel in Yangon.

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Visit Yangon's Chinatown

Visitors will find that Yangon's Chinatown is an interesting area to stroll through, which is also renowned for its splendid foods that will appeal to the taste buds. Chinatown is a vibrant and lively part of the city that really comes alive in the evenings when the innumerable food vendors compete for the attention of passers-by. Chinatown's 20th Street is a great locality for food lovers where you will have the opportunity to feast on treats like skewers of grilled pork and rice congee. Meanwhile, on 19th Street, you will find an array of Chinese restaurants which feature transparent cabinets filled with skewered meats from which customers can choose.