Yangon Pictures Guide, Myanmar

Yangon [Rangoon] city centre, Myanmar, Burma

Yangon, Mahar Bandhula Rd with the Sule Pagoda at the end. Photo by Maung Maung San.

What can you see and do in Yangon?

Not a lot is the short answer though you can’t avoid Yangon as it’s the gateway to the brilliant interior of the country. However, street life is moderately interesting even if the streets are unpleasantly heavy with traffic, cables and very tired buildings.
Souvenir shopping is pretty good, the National Museum houses two thousand year’s worth of treasuresand Myanmar’s premier pagoda complex – the great gold Shwedagon – is fantastic and well worth a few hours.

Note that Yangon, previously known as Rangoon, is Burma’s largest city but NOT the capital which was officially relocated to Naypyidaw in 2006. Naypyidaw is north of Yangon, halfway to Bagan and a long way from the sea and risk of invasion (!)

Shwedagon Pagoda

Yangon street and Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar, Burma

A Yangon street approaching the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda complex, the most important religious site in Myanmar. Phot by Francisco Anzola.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Yangon Pagoda (Paya), encircled by buddha shrines. Pay to enter but it’s well worth the ticket. No shorts (short pants) or short skirts are permitted in so cover those thighs!

The Shwedagon Pagoda is Myanmar’s most valuable cultural treasure. An entire day can easily be spent at this dazzling hilltop complex, where a mass of elaborate temples encircle the 326-foot pagoda in which eight of Buddha’s hairs are embedded. All that glitters here is gold, more than 60 tons of pressed gold leaf, while the top of the spire is encrusted with more than 5, 000 diamonds, rubies and sapphires.

Strolling the Shwedagon in the cool of dusk, Yangon, Myanmar

Strolling the Shwedagon in the cool of dusk. Photo by calflier001.

Thousands of pilgrims come daily to pray at one of the eight buddha shrines that match their day of birth (Wednesday has two).

ladies sweeping Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar map

Bare feet are obligatory in Burma’s temples so a good dusk clean up is essential.

Yangon street sights

A crowded and cabled Yangon street, Myanmar

A sadly typical crowded and cabled Yangon street. Photo by Dudva

Probably Yangon's prettiest street, Strand Road, Myanmar

Probably the city’s prettiest street, Strand Road, down by the river. Photo by GoMyanmar

Inya Lake, Yangon, Myanmar

Inya Lake in photographed by GoMyanmar.

But there’s a lot to see elsewhere in Burma and not much time so hit the road to Bago (Pega) and Golden Rock for more spectacular sights.