Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is Myanmar’s largest city and its most important commercial
Yangon is the economic and urban heart of Myanmar. Everything here is intense, from the enormous golden Shwedagon Pagoda to the vibrant, bustling streets of downtown. Home to the largest number of colonial buildings of any city in southeast Asia, Yangon is a playground for travel photographers and market lovers. While the city has abundant attractions, we especially enjoy visiting Shwedagon Pagoda just before sunrise, colonial landmarks such as the Secretariat, and Bogyoke Aung San Market downtown. Chinatown is a great place to have a beer and dim sum after your Yangon tour!
Our Yangon tours offer a balance of the most iconic religious sites and diverse local communities of this pulsing urban center. Featuring the iconic Shwedagon and Sule Pagodas and colorful Bogyoke Aung San Market, our Yangon itineraries avoid the crowds and deliver and authentic Burmese experience. Adventurous travelers will enjoy exploring Yangon’s vibrant streets, markets, and sacred sites hidden within the city. Try the culinary specialties served fresh daily in the Chinatown street food market or check out the latest trends in Burmese fusion.
We recommend 1-2 days in Yangon to experience all the city has to offer. We can also arrange airport and bus-station transfers in Yangon for our tour guests.
Our Yangon Day Tours
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Yangon Sightseeing Highlights
Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred and visited Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, and for good reason. Covered in over 50 tons of gold and crowned with thousands of precious stones, it is said to contain relics pre-dating the historical Buddha. The monument is frequented by Burmese pilgrims, monks, and tourists alike, who flock to experience the other-worldly nature of this golden temple rising from the urban landscape. We recommend visiting Shwedagon Pagoda before sunrise and after sunset to avoid crowds and witness the scene in
Yangon’s Colonial Buildings
Yangon boasts the largest number of colonial-era buildings in Southeast Asia and has a unique colonial-era urban core that is remarkably intact. The colonial-era commercial core is centered around the Sule Pagoda, which is said to be over 2,000 years old. The city is also home to the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda – Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist pagoda.
According to local legend, Sule pagoda in the heart of downtown Yangon was built 2,600 years ago, even earlier than Shwedagon. The monument served as a rallying point for political activists as they struggled for their freedoms. The pagoda is included in the Yangon City Heritage List and is surrounded by fascinating colonial architecture and history. We regularly visit this site on our Yangon street photography, colonial heritage and night photography tours.