Yangon is the economic and urban heart of Myanmar. Everything here is intense and a bit extreme, 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 street photography. While the city has abundant locations to shoot, we especially enjoy photographing Sule Pagoda downtown at night, colonial landmarks such as the Secretariat, and secret spots like the abandoned amusement park.
Our Yangon Photography Tours
We are currently updating our Yangon tour itineraries. New itineraries will be available from mid-December 2019.
Yangon Photography 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 favourable lighting conditions.
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.
Yangon Street Photography
The juxtaposition of old ways and new trends is a fascinating sight on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. Brightly-colored walls, decorative wood carvings, and golden features offer stunning backdrops to unpredictable street scenes. Red-robed monks, smiling children, and the energetic working life of a country emerging into a globalized world after decades of isolation await the keen street photographer in Myanmar.
Why Choose Us?
Our Yangon photography tours are created for photographers of all levels. Our experienced trip leaders guiding personalized private photography tours in Myanmar since 2015. We have close ties to local communities here through our close collaboration with Myanmar SEEDS, our partner nonprofit. Part of what makes a day out with us so special is the direct contact with locals as we share our community connections with our tour guests. This allows our guests to experience Myanmar more authentically than any other tours on offer.
No Experience Necessary
You don’t have to be an experienced photographer to join our Yangon photo tours. Our adventures are created for photographers of all levels and our experienced trip leaders are pro photographers who are ready to help take your photo game to the next level.
We ensure that all of our guests enjoy personalized guidance, be that learning how to shoot in manual for the first time, experimenting with new photographic styles and techniques, or further refining your photographic vision. All of our Yangon photography tours are tailored to your needs and ability level.
- Refresh yourself on the basic operation of your camera. Being able to quickly take over your camera’s manual controls will enable you to capture more of Myanmar’s amazing light and surroundings. Our guides can assist you with ISO, Aperture, and Shutter priority settings.
- Remember to charge your camera batteries and bring an extra memory card. Pack your gear the night before your Myanmar photo tour as we depart early to photograph the temples at sunrise.
- Smile and make verbal contact when taking photographs of people in Myanmar. Friendliness is your most powerful tool in travel photography. Our guides will introduce you to many local personalities and craftsmen on our walking photography tours in Bagan.
- Take an interest and look closer at your surroundings. Don’t be shy! Most Burmese people enjoy having their photos taken and participating in social media. Show a sincere interest in the daily lives of local people and they will often invite you to their homes for amazing portraits. When photographing temples in Myanmar, move around and seek out new perspectives to express yourself creatively.
- Slow down. We often include a brief walking meditation on our photo tours in Myanmar. This encourages us to slow down and take notice the details of our surroundings, preparing us to capture the splendor of Burma with our camera’s “eye”.