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Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar and home to an incredible collection of Buddhist pagodas. Previously known as Rangoon, the highlight of the city is the Shwedagon Paya: a dramatic golden temple that draws thousands of pilgrims every year. Add to the mix a dash of colonial architecture, bustling open-air markets and a variety of religious monuments and you've got a thriving city to explore.

Top things to do in Yangon

  • Shwedagon Pagoda
    Officially named Shwedagon Zedi Daw, this is the main attraction of Yangon. This shimmering pagoda draws thousands of pilgrims annually.
  • Sule Pagoda
    Located in the heart of the city, visit this smaller Burmese stupa before Shwedagon to fully appreciate it.
  • Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple
    This Buddhist temple houses a 65 meters long reclining Buddha image.
  • Yangon Circular Railway
    Book a ticket on the Yangon circular train, a popular commuter train, and travel around the city with the locals getting a real Burmese experience.
  • Bogyoke Aung San market
    This under cover market has lots of traditional stalls selling antiques, wood carvings and Burmese textiles.
  • Yangon's Tea Shops
    Tea lovers should explore the many different local teas on offer in the city's tea shops.

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How to get to Yangon

You can fly into Yangon from neighbouring countries such as Thailand or China. If you are coming from elsewhere in Myanmar, most trains and buses will run in and out of Yangon.