Tourist spots in Yangon, Myanmar
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  • Unfortunately, foreigners have to pay an admission fee of 8,000 kyat (or 8 dollars)
  • I recommend visiting this place twice, in the day time and in the night time
  • It is a pity that I am not able to make a report on the interior of this restaurant because I felt pity to throw as much money as 30,000 kyat per person just to have meal there
  • The story is very simple, so is the movement of each puppet, yet it is good for first time spectators
  • Well, it is very interesting to watch their movement


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    Yangon has no longer been the capital of Myanmar since they relocated it to Naypyidaw in 2006. But apart from Mandalay and Bagan, it is still the main tourist destination. I spent four nights and found that this city is worth to visit. I did not join any guided tour; instead I did it on my own. By doing this way, I could learn the situation of this city better.

    Yangon has four very beautiful pagodas, and each has its own peculiarities. The largest and most magnificent is Shwedagon. It is located at the top of a hill in Ar Zar Ni St. The south entrance is perhaps the nicest among the four entrances. It has 154 stairs flanked by numerous shops selling souvenirs and worship needs. Elderly and disables may use elevators instead of climbing the stairs.

    Unfortunately, foreigners have to pay an admission fee of 8,000 kyat (or 8 dollars). Once you get inside you will see the courtyard of the temple with Myanmar’s largest golden stupa in the center, surrounded by numerous smaller stupas. Buildings housing religious objects are placed encircling the courtyard. All are golden in color make me feel as if in the heavenly palace. But this place is not quite quiet as it should be in a holy place, because there are too many people around, both worshipers and tourists.

    The second place is Sule Pagoda which is located within a roundabout, next to a street with the same name. Again foreigners have to pay an admission fee. This time is 3,000 kyat while the locals can go in for free. Shoes should be placed in the deposit desk by paying 1,000 kyat, while the official rate is only 100 kyat (written only in Burmese, that by chance I could read). I recommend visiting this place twice, in the day time and in the night time. Should you be able to visit only once, then night time is better. Illumination settings make the golden colored buildings come more alive.

    The third place is Maha Wizaya which is located near the south entrance of Shwedagon. Fake greeneries inside the main building make the visitors as if in a jungle, while objects in rooms encircling the footpath demonstrates Myanmar heritages in various provinces.

    The last place is Chauk Htat Kyi in Shwegondaing Rd. This is the quietest place among the four. It houses the largest colorful sleeping Buddha in Myanmar.

    There are two other tourist spots in Yangon. The first is Karaweik Palace restaurant in the south east side of the Kandawgyi Lake. The exterior of this building takes the form of giant twin birds those are very beautiful. It is a pity that I am not able to make a report on the interior of this restaurant because I felt pity to throw as much money as 30,000 kyat per person just to have meal there. The second is Htwee-Oo Burmese marionette which is located in 12 Yama St, in Ahlone district. Five players control Burmese marionettes consisting of human, horse, and monkey figures. This 60 minutes performance is divided into several fragments that do not relate each other. The story is very simple, so is the movement of each puppet, yet it is good for first time spectators. Admission fee is 10,000 kyat per person.

  • Tourist spots in Yangon, Myanmar
  • Maha Wizaya Pagoda. The size is not that big compared to Shwedagon. But it is very different from other pagodas not only in Yangon but in the whole Myanmar I think. Inside, you will see greeneries along the inner wall. A tree named Ficus Religiosa dominates this place.

  • Tourist spots in Yangon, Myanmar
  • Shwedagon. The most famous pagoda in Myanmar. If you visit other cities in Myanmar, such as Tachileik then you will find another Shwedagon. But Yangon has the biggest and the most beautiful. 40 minutes is needed should you like to explore every corner of this pagoda. If you have only very limited time in Yangon, than this is a must see place.

  • Tourist spots in Yangon, Myanmar
  • Sule Pagoda. Located within a roundabout. It is strange that shops in the outer ring are not related to the pagoda. Since it is not very big, then you will need only about quarter of an hour to explore. But, I recommend you to also visit it in the evening. You will be amazed with the bright golden color of this magnificent structure.

  • Tourist spots in Yangon, Myanmar
  • Kyauk Htat Gyi Pagoda. The most interesting part of it is the giant sleeping Buddha. Unlike similar statue in Bangkok (Thailand), the statue here is very colorful. Admission free.

  • Tourist spots in Yangon, Myanmar
  • Karaweik Palace in . It is not a real palace, it is a restaurant taking a form of giant twin birds (look at the tails). It is located not far from Shwedagon. The restaurant starts open at about 4pm. There are two gates at the south east corner of the Kandawgyi Lake. If you are not going to have meal there, then take the gate which is nearer to the main road, otherwise you will be charge an admission fee of around 1,000 kyat per person.

  • Tourist spots in Yangon, Myanmar
  • Burmese Marionette. It is now difficult to find such a performance in Myanmar. Fortunately I found one in Yangon. Well, it is very interesting to watch their movement. Unfortunately I do not understand the language. The announcer told us a brief explanation prior to each fragment. And this helped.

    Staying four nights is sufficient to explore this city. Actually I still had a little spare time that I used to visit Bogyoke market to learn the local’s lives; and two other chances each to visit Botahtaung and Ngahtatkyi that I did not do because I prefer to relax.



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