Location & Attractions
Glistening pagodas, bustling markets and colonial mansions all stand testament to the magic of Yangon discover the 'Garden of the East'.
Yangon has so much to offer and hence you are encouraged to discover and enjoy the city, its colonial heritage that is omnipresent as you walk the streets of down town.
Myanmar hospitality is ubiquitous in the country through the welcoming smiles and kind demeanour of the people.
Do not miss
The highlight of any trip to Yangon, and indeed to Myanmar is a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, located in midtown Yangon between the People's Park and Kandawgyi Lake. The golden dome rises 326 feet/ 99.36 meters above its base. By 1995 the central stupa had reportedly accumulated 60 metric tons of gold leaf and the very top of the stupa is tipped with a single 76-carat diamond. This 2,600-year-old temple is just a 20 minutes drive from our Hotel and is best visited during the early morning or in the evening. Festivals and religious occasions are celebrated mostly during full moon nights, with chanting, incense and candle burning, thus giving the pagoda a magical atmosphere.
Situated in the very center of downtown Yangon, the tall-octagonal stupa of the Sule Pagoda makes an excellent landmark in fact, it is used as a milestone from which all addresses to the north are measured. Legend says it is over 2000 years old, but as with many other ancient Myanmar shrines, it has been rebuilt and repaired many times. The central stupa is said to enshrine a hair of the Buddha; Its Mon Name, Kyaik Athok, translates as the 'stupa where a Sacred Hair Relic is enshrined'.
Bo means 'Leader' (usually in a military sense) and tataung is '1000' – the Botataung Pagoda was named after the 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha brought from India over 2000 years ago. This ancient monument was completely destroyed during World War II. It stood close to the Yangon wharves, and during the Allied air raid on 8 November 1943, a bomb scored a direct hit on the pagoda.
KABA AYE PAGODA
The 'world peace' pagoda was built in 1952 for the 1954-56 Sixth Buddhist Synod. The 34- meter high stupa also measures 34 meters around its base. It stands about 11 km north of downtown, a little beyond the Inya Lake Hotel.
SHWE THA LYAUNG RECLINING BUDDHA
This reclining Buddha is almost as large as the enormous figure in Bago. It is housed in a large metal- roofed pavilion on Shwegondine Road, only a short distance east beyond the Shwedagon Pagoda. Surprisingly, this huge figure is little known and not publicized. If you cannot get to Bago to see the Shwethalyaung, then do not miss this colossal image. Fortune-tellers on the surrounding platform offer astrological and palm readings.
Located near the city centre off Pyay Road, the National Museum houses five floors of treasures from the past and present with the main floor showcasing the magnificent 8-meter high Lion Throne used by King Thibaw Min, the last Myanmar King. Other exhibits include the Mandalay Regalia, a collection of gem-studded arms, swords, jewellery, bowls and works of Myanmar's most renowned painters of the last century.
THE GEMS MUSEUM
Myanmar is renowned for is its abundance in precious and semi-precious stones. The Gems Museum, located on Kaba Aye Pagoda Road is a must, as it not only houses many of Yangon's finest gems and jewellery shops, but you will also get expert advice on what to buy. On the top floor you can admire jewellery masterpieces, part of the Myanmar culture.
Shopping in Yangon
It is a Government rule that only unblemished USD notes are accepted and may be exchanged into Kyat at an authorised moneychanger or at the hotel front desk.
INYA LAKE SHOPPING ARCADE
Located at the lobby level of the Sunset wing, the Inya Lake's shopping arcade offers a wide selection of art and artefacts. You can also find beautiful lacquer ware, wood and jade carvings, hand-woven silks, embroidered tapestries, traditional folk puppets, and of course the much famed Myanmar gems and jewellery.
BOGYOKE (SCOTTS) MARKET
Shopping at the various markets in downtown Yangon can be fun and very educational. The sprawling, over 70 year old Bogyoke Aung San Market, also called Scotts Market, located on Bogyoke Aung San Street has the largest selection of Myanmar handicrafts and you'll find a whole variety of interesting Myanmar souvenirs from lacquer ware and Shan shoulder bags to T-shirts and cheroots. Gems and jewellery are also available.
CHINA TOWN & THE NIGHT MARKET
Here, you'll find the items that are used in traditional Chinese cooking. Vendors can be found along Anawratha Street east, and west of the Sule Pagoda Road nightly from around 6:00 PM, selling everything from Chinese sausages to fresh fruit and satays. Chinatown itself extends east between Lanmadaw Street and Shwedagon Pagoda Road, north-south between Maha Bandoola Road and Strand Road.
13TH STREET MYANMAR LACQUERWARE SHOP
Located on No.17, 13th Street in downtown Yangon, it houses a collection of good quality lacquer ware and tapestries. Shipping services to various countries are offered.
23-A, Thiri Mingalar Street, Kamayut Township, off Pyay Road. Mr. Augustine collects and sells second-hand furniture, antiques, silver, memorabilia and old lacquer ware from all over Myanmar.
Yangon's Golden Valley, nestled between the bustling streets of Dammazedi and Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, it is the center of the city's best know art galleries. Scattered among the stately homes and gardens of the Valley are galleries such as G.V Art Center, New Treasure and Orient Gallery of Art. They highlight unique and varied collections of art by Myanmar's most respected contemporary painters.