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Top 10 Things to do in Yangon – A cultural treasure chest like no other

capital city Yangon is one of South East Asia's cultural treasure chests that is also home to some of Myanmar's best culinary delights. Here are the top 10 things to do while in Yangon.

1

Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon Pagoda, which is also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda is one of Myanmar's most iconic and sacred Pagodas. At height of 99 metres and located on Singuttara Hill this pagoda is believed house relics of Lord Buddha and it is certainly a must-see place during your time in Yangon

2

Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple

The Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple is home to a 66-metre-long statue of the reclining Buddha; one of Myanmar's most adored replicas of Buddha. The statue that visitors can see today was constructed in 1966 in place of the original statue, which was built in 1907.

3

Saint Mary's Cathedral

This magnificent cathedral is located on the grounds of Saint Paul's High School is the largest cathedral in Myanmar. Construction of the cathedral started in 1895 and ended in 1899 thanks to a loan from the Government of India. The cathedral's exterior is made from red bricks and it also has a bell tower and 2 spires that shoot up into the sky.

4

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue is the only Jewish synagogue in Yangon and one of the city's heritage buildings. The Synagogue was constructed during 1893 – 1896 to replace a small wooden building that was constructed in 1854. Located in between shops of Muslim traders and paint shops run by Indians, this synagogue is a sanctuary for Baghdadi Jewish worshippers who migrated to Myanmar from Iraq.

5

Enjoy a bowl of Mohinga

Mohinga is a local favourite which is made up of rice noodles in a fish soup served with fried fish cake, fried dough stick, fried gourd or many similar fried dishes, commonly referred to as "fries".

6

Try Laphat Thote salad

Laphat Thote or tea leaf salad is another local favourite that can be found at food stalls, teashops and Burmese restaurants. The salad is made from peanuts, tea leaves, sesame seeds and crunchy beans.

7

Try Kyay-Oh

Kyay-Oh is a noodle soup which is made up of pork and chicken. You can even have the noodles without the soup if you prefer your noodles to be dry.

8

Bogyoke market

This market which also called Scott's market is the one of best places that that tourist visit to purchase memento's and souvenirs. In most cases at the Bogyoke market if you bargain hard enough you can get anything for half the advertised amount. Just across the Bogyoke market is the newly constructed Junction City shopping mall, can be easily accessed via a bridge, making your shopping experience seamless.

9

Kandawgyi Lake

Kandawgyi Lake is one of the 2 main lakes in Myanmar which was created artificially during the British reign of the country to supply clean water to the city. The lake is located close to Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon; which is a very prominent hotel in Yangon. Kandawgyi Lake's main attractions include a mini zoo, various types of restaurants and the Kandawgyi Palace which hosts puppet shows.

10

Pansodan Street

Pansodan Street has several buildings built during the colonial era and is a must-see attraction of you are a fan of the colonial architecture. Government offices and colonial homes fill this three-Block Street still emits a colonial charm.