9 Things to Do in Yangon (Rangoon) That You Shouldn't Miss

December 14, 2017 Randal Brittian

Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) is no longer the capital of Myanmar, but it has experienced a huge increase in tourism recently. Book early, as hotel rooms are sometimes hard to find! While you’re in town, the Shwedagon Pagoda, an immense, ancient Buddhist shrine, is a must-see—TripAdvisor travelers recommend visiting at sunrise or sunset.
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1. Shwedagon Pagoda

Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Excellent
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5 based on 11 reviews

Shwedagon Pagoda

The city's biggest tourist attraction is this immense Buddhist shrine built approx. 2500 years ago.

Reviewed By PhilippeJean - Adelaide, Australia

10.000K entrance will probably be the best 10$ you will ever spend in Yangon to visit this master piece of architectural wonder.
The pagoda is best seen during sunrise or sunset as the light makes a massive difference. It's also the busiest time.
No shoes and socks are allowed so mid afternoon is probably best to be avoided as the tiles get's quite hot.

2. Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

No. 85 26th St., Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar +95 1 252 814
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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4.5 based on 317 reviews

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Dating from 1896, this is the only Jewish temple remaining in the city.

Reviewed By mfranks911 - Edgware, United Kingdom

Down a side street if you are interested in Judiasm and Jewish History take a detour and visit. Still an active Synagogue albeit with a highly diminished community resident in Yangon.

3. U Thant House

31 U Thant House Lane | (Pan Wah Lane), Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar +95 9 321 00785
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 87 reviews

U Thant House

Reviewed By Jamie E - New York City, New York

A peaceful and beautiful place, well organized, incredibly informative using multi-media tools, old documents and letters, quotes, informational posters, photographs, a short film. Getting a sense of U Thant's skills of diplomacy and his "tolerance for everything except intolerance" resonates considering the current state of global politics and western Myanmar in particular.

4. Taukkyan War Cemetery

No 1 Pyay Road, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Excellent
51%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 814 reviews

Taukkyan War Cemetery

Taukkyan War Cemetery is in Taukkyan town in the township of Mingaladon, Yangon greater area, on the main highway No 1 Pyay Road. From the centre of the city of Yangon, it is 21 miles north and 11 miles from the international airport, 45 minutes drive from the centre of Rankgoon and 24 minutes from the International airport. Exact location of the cemetery is North (17º02'08.24") and East (96º07'55.28").

Reviewed By JustJulieNYC - New York City, New York

Missing the vastness of Normandy but this unexpected stop enroute to Bago filled me w sadness. Didnt know 27k Brittish soldiers died WWII fighting Japanese in Burma. Several are "tombs of unknown soldiers", a few Jewish star etchings and mainly crosses to note their bravery-and family left behind when they died- mostly in early twenties. Grounds are kept beautifully w flowers. Several visitors used it as backdrop for smiling selfies- as its different from other Mynamar sites. They dont realize the sanctity. Wish there were more explanations and details but our guide helped fill in missing facts.

5. Saint Mary's Cathedral

Bo Aung Kyaw Street | Yangon downtown, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar +95 1 245 647
Excellent
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4 based on 515 reviews

Saint Mary's Cathedral

Reviewed By SmallWallah - London

Worth seeing as it has a very interesting brick interior and is nothing like a Cathedral that you would see in Europe.

6. Chaukhtatgyi Buddha

Shwegondine Road | Bahan Township, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Excellent
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4 based on 2 reviews

Chaukhtatgyi Buddha

Reviewed By James W - Draper, Utah

Not very photogenic from the outside but inside the temple is amazing. A huge reclining Budda figure dominates the interior with literally hundreds of figures and shrines surrounding it. The Temple is on a small back street, sort of hidden away, so be sure to get directions or hire a driver who knows his way around. There is a small bazaar area out front selling the usual stuff and is not of particular interest, unless you are desperate for those last minute souvenirs.

7. Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda

Shwe Gon Taing St., Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Excellent
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4 based on 293 reviews

Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda

Reviewed By D_vid13 - Ghent, Belgium

Again a nice budha, but for me, this one had something special. It looks more authentic I guess. It’s close to the reclining budha, so I would take the small detour.
Free entrance, no tourists, be careful for the friendly people giving you an explanation. They will ask money.
Make sure the walk a bit around in that area (why Not walk to the park?). Real life in Yangon.

8. Swe Taw Myat Pagoda

Swe Taw Myat Pagoda Road, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Excellent
41%
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50%
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4.5 based on 87 reviews

Swe Taw Myat Pagoda

Reviewed By LikeTraveler - Wangaratta

We entered the grounds through a large ornate gateway. You pass Approaching lots of stalls where buddhist worshippers can buy flowers, incense sticks and other items to pay homage to the relic.
A very large white building it resembles the ancient Ananda Pagoda in Bagan.
The Swe Taw Myat is a symmetrical building with four entrance portals protruding out from the main structure. The stairs to each entrance are flanked by a pair of white and gold Chinthe, a mythological creature that looks like a lion, in Burma often seen guarding the temple. The center of the structure consists of several tiers of receding size, topped with a gold painted sikhara and a spire.

9. Botahtaung Pagoda

Botahtaung Pagoda Road | Botahtaung Jetty, Yangon (Rangoon) MMR013017, Myanmar +95 9 42001 6634
Excellent
33%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 853 reviews

Botahtaung Pagoda

Reviewed By Scentedlotus - Australia

The walk along the bustling streets from Chinatown through the Indian district, passing the old Strand Hotel takes you to this wondrous Pagoda! Passing through the gilded archway you are led to the great Pagoda which once inside, many jewels and antiquities of Burma’s Buddhist heritage await! The gilt casket which houses the relic of Lord Buddha is the first delight to come to.. from there the circular route around the inside of the Pagoda passes under intricate golden carvings above on the ceilings and adorning every wall.. in the cool inner sanctum a myriad of treasures are to be seen .. ancient statues and stupas, old texts and photographs, even oddly enough, a very old Rangoon Turf Club silver trophy, a relic from Rangoon’s British Colonial days! Once outdoors again the surrounding temple grounds offer shady respite from the tropical sun by way of massive aged Bo trees.. planted long ago as a tribute to the tree under which the Buddha became enlightened. The famous turtle ponds were being renovated when we went there but I’m sure once the work on them is completely finished, that they will be a beautiful sight! There are shops ...selling all sorts of mementos.. glass mala beads, statues, medallions etc outside in the temple grounds and we found them to be much cheaper than anywhere else in town! We adored the Botahtaung Pagoda of Yangon!

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