Exploring Yangon, Myanmar

The Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

Originally posted in January 24, 2014

First visit: January 2014
My Country #40

Myanmar is definitely a very interesting country, with all its countless pagodas and temples, and of course its unique culture. A few weeks ago, I was here for the first time thus making it officially my 40th visited land. Having stayed in Yangon for only two nights, here are a few travel tips I can recommend.

Shwedagon Pagoda: This is the most visited attraction in Myanmar. Believed to have been built more than 2500 years ago, make sure you come early and take your time exploring the complex with its countless temples and pagodas. Entrance fee is 8 US dollars.

Bogyoke Market: Built by Mr. C. Scott, it is popularly called Scott Market. Here, you can find hundreds of shops selling luxury items, handicrafts, food, clothing, jewelry, fashion and consumer goods. Definitely worth a visit.

China Town: Otherwise known as Tayoke Tan, Yangon's Chinatown was created when the British expanded the city in the 1850s. This is definitely the busiest quarters of the city.

Kheng Hock Keong Temple: This temple is the largest one in Yangon. I came here around lunch time but in case you have time, visit this 100-year old temple in the evening when it's thronged with worshippers offering candles, flowers and incense.