Yangon is one of the most exciting cities in Myanmar, where even crossing the street can be an experience. That being said, there’s a reason it attracts many people to visit, with many a hotel claiming to be the best hotel in Yangon to bring in customers.But where you’re staying can only constitute so much of your experience; what really makes a place memorable are the places that people can visit.
Here are some of Yangon’s.
- Arguably one of the most important religious sites in the city, maybe even the country, the Shwedagon Pagoda stands out thanks to its golden chedi, which stands at a height of 99 metres, visible throughout the city. A well preserved monument, the Pagoda is a sacred site of pilgrimage for many Buddhist followers in the country.
- Yangon is considered a city of fait, an idea reinforced by the fact that one of the key navigational landmarks of the city is the Sule Pagoda, to which most roads in downtown lead to. Visible from most of the best hotel in Yangon downtown, Sule Pagoda has been an important site in the city, with many rallies, protests and the like happening in its vicinity.
Yangon Circular Railroad
- For those who prefer more quaint sights, the circular railway loop in Yangon is there for you. Built by the Bricks back when they colonized the country in 1954, the 50km line takes about 3 hours to complete a full revolution. It’s not a very ‘tourist-y’ attraction, with the focus of the ride being the sights and life on the outskirts of Yangon.
- For those who want a meal amidst the bustle of a busy district, Yangon’s Chinatown, consisting of the area of 24th to 18th Street west of Sule, is the place to be. One of the busiest areas in the city, with vendors selling all sorts of foodstuffs, from fresh produce to read-made delectables. 20th Street is popular thanks to the Chinese food available here, whilst 19th Street is not only the nightlife central, it’s also colloquially known as barbeque street. Which, as the name implies, is the place to be for all sorts of delicacies on sticks.