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Most famous things to do and see in Yangon - Lose yourself in the fascinating blend of old-world charm and modernism

Anyone visiting Burma whose travel itinerary doesn't have Yangon on it should probably rethink their travel plans. Boasting old colonial architecture, historic pagodas, and modernish mid-rise buildings, the city of Yangon never fails to entice its visitors with its captivating mix of old and new.


Downtown Yangon - Stroll the vibrant streets adorned with colonial architecture

Take in the colourful, chaotic, and weirdly wonderful atmosphere of the heart of the city before you journey beyond the metropolis to enjoy Yangon's amazing wonders. Home to the central business district of Yangon, Downtown Yangon is brimming with heritage and lively energy. As the sun comes up, the streets of Downtown Yangon lined up with crumbling colonial buildings get filled with vendors and their stalls, selling all kinds of things from street food to clothes and groceries. Go slow and immerse yourself in this vibrant vibe to take in all the little details. After a day of traversing through the city, unwind at a Yangon Airport hotel closer to Downtown Yangon, such as Pan Pacific Yangon, and continue to explore the enchanting city.


Shwedagon Pagoda - Bask in the shimmering golden light

If there's one thing that Yangon is not short of, it would be charming Buddhist temples (or pagodas). The city is home to a good 12 or so Buddhist temples, and the most iconic of all is Shwedagon Pagoda, which is a must-visit on your trip to Yangon. Dating back more than 2,500 years, the shimmering golden stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda is, without a doubt, the No. 1 attraction of the city. While the temple is a feast for the eyes throughout the day, the most breathtaking sight can be captured at sunset.


Bogyoke Aung San Market - Indulge in Yangon style shopping with the locals

Cobblestone streets lined with old colonial buildings, Bogyoke Aung San Market is where over 2,000 local vendors flock to sell their goods. From shops selling antiques, clothing stores to art galleries and jewellers, there's almost nothing you can't find here at this bustling covered market. Try on some colourful longyi (a long sheet of cloth, similar to a skirt, worn by both male and female natives) or pick some authentic local souvenirs to take back home.


Yangon Circular Train - Hop on for a train ride like no other

Yangon Circular Train, the 46-kilometer railway line with 39 stations running a loop around the city, guarantees to provide an authentic Burmese experience with a glimpse into the daily lives of the locals. Don't expect it to be a relaxing joyride with the sweet smell of wind in your hair 'cuz it will be a 3-hour jam-packed train ride full of activity inside and outside the cars.


Kandawgyi Park - The perfect escape from the bustling city

Lying amidst the chaos of the bustling city, Kandawgyi Park is an oasis of serenity. The park is home to the scenic Kandawgyi Lake and various other peaceful green nature, which makes it a perfect escape to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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