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Top sights in Yangon

In the southwestern part of Myanmar is its largest city, Yangon. It is known for being home to a number of beautiful Buddhist pagodas, like the Shwedagon Paya, as well as many modern skyscrapers and buildings designed with British colonial architecture. Travelers can visit its many breathtaking religious sites and monuments or just go shopping at its night markets. Read on for the most exciting things to do in Yangon!

Shwe Dagon Pagoda

The Shwe Dagon Pagoda is among Yangon’s most iconic pagodas and certainly one of its most beautiful as well. This large golden complex is said to house relics from the four previous Buddhas of the current Kalpa. Found on Singuttara Hill right in the heart of Yangon, it is best to visit the Shwe Dagon Pagoda either early in the morning before sunrise or right before the sunset for scenic views. It also lights up at night.
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Sule Pagoda

Found in downtown Yangon right in the center, the Sule Pagoda is not just a sacred religious space, but also a prominent symbol of Burmese heritage. It is said to have been established even before the Shwe Dagon Pagoda, making it around thousands of years old. This golden pagoda is famous for its octagonal shape and travelers need to pay an entrance fee to get inside. The Sule Pagoda lights up beautifully at night as well.
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Chauk Htat Kyi Pagoda

The Chauk Htat Kyi Pagoda is the most popular Buddhist temple located in the Bahan district. Apart from its lush interiors and exteriors, this pagoda is particularly famous for its giant reclining Buddha image, which stretches a whopping 66 meters long. It is definitely one of the most important Yangon tourist attractions to see. Visit during the early morning to avoid bustling crowds.
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Bogyoke Aung San Market

There are plenty of things to do at Yangon, but something a traveler can’t miss out on is a trip to Bogyoke Aung San Market, found in the city center’s Pabedan township. This market is characterized by its inner cobblestone streets as well as its colonial design. It is filled with a wide variety of Burmese souvenirs, jewelry, fabric, handicrafts, and more! There are even galleries for those interested in looking at art pieces.
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