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10 Best Things to Do in Yangon (Myanmar) – It’s time for an adventure of a lifetime

Yangon is renowned for its glittering structures and crystal-clear lakes, which may be observed while sipping a martini on a rooftop in one of the city's more modern neighbourhoods. Be ready to embark on a cultural exploration like no other!


Pay a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most well-known pagodas in the world, and it is really breath-taking. This is the most important site to visit in Yangon, as well as one of the most revered Buddhist shrines in all of Myanmar.
The pagoda's central structure is coated with gold leaf and encrusted with valuable stones such as diamonds and rubies. You would also find other beautiful artefacts here, like diamond crowns, and if you can, try to visit at sunset so you can admire Yangon's breath-taking skyline.
The pagoda is supposed to have existed since the sixth century A.D. when lotus blossoms grew here, and the holy hair of the Buddha was enshrined within the structure.


Consume your share of 999 Shan Noodle

Burmese cuisine has not gained as much popularity as other Asian dishes globally, thus many tourists to Myanmar are unaware that the food is absolutely fantastic. Nevertheless, Yangon has an incredible cuisine scene, and when in town, you must taste Shan noodles, which originated in Shan State and are one of the most famous dishes in Myanmar.


Explore Chinatown

Yangon has a substantial Chinese population and as could be expected, a Chinatown. This is one of the top locations in the city to visit if you are interested in local markets as well as an abundance of barbecue and street food alternatives. Chinatown is located near Yangon's 19th Street, and it is one of the greatest places to not only shop and dine, but also see the unique architecture of this area.
Additionally, if you are looking for a hotel in Yangon Myanmar be sure to check out the PARKROYAL Yangon as well!


Explore the Sule Pagoda

Sule Pagoda was constructed approximately 2,500 years ago and is one of the city's most renowned temples. The historical significance of this pagoda is highlighted by the fact that it is situated in the midst of a rather new neighbourhood. The Sule Pagoda, also known as the Sule Paya, consists of a 46-meter-tall, octagonal stupa.


Visit the Martyrs' Tomb

The Martyrs' Mausoleum is located near Shwedagon Pagoda and is a monument that was constructed to honour Major General Aung San, the "founding father of modern Myanmar," and six of his assassinated cabinet members.
It also features the grave of Queen Suphayalat, the wife of Myanmar's penultimate king, as well as that of former United Nations Secretary-General U Thant and author Thakin Kobaw.


Explore the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple

The Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple is renowned for its statue of a reclining Buddha that is 67 meters in length and is among the largest in Myanmar. This is one of the most exquisite Buddha sculptures in this region of the world, and the detailing on this structure is astounding.
As it was first deemed excessively severe, the face was reworked multiple times, and you can now appreciate all the delicate intricacies and design accents up close.