Yangon, although no longer the capital of Myanmar, is the country’s largest and most vibrant city. Formerly called Rangoon, it is a melting pot of ethnicities, rich in culture and history. Considered as the “Garden City of the East”, Yangon is the gateway to Myanmar. Discover a city unlike any other in South-East Asia, adorned with idyllic lakes, shady parks and green tropical vegetation, this is truly the core of Myanmar’s spiritual life, thanks to the glorious Shwedagon Paya (Pagoda), while its colonial-era buildings (decaying as many of them may be) give the downtown area a historical charm.
Whether you get lost in the city’s animated markets, seek out beer and barbecue in Chinatown, visit Hindu temples or take an eye-opening ride on a commuter train, Yangon provides a vibrant and engaging introduction to the country.
Yangon Circle Train
Board Yangon’s local Circle Line train that runs from the main railway station through various neighbourhoods and the countryside. Observe the colourful, rural life outside of the city centre and strike up a conversation with the locals on board.
Oil Lamp Ceremony Shwedagon Pagoda
A gigantic golden dome with several gilded spires and 7,000 precious gems define the ever-glistening Shwedagon Pagoda,. To make offerings here is to gain merits of the highest order, partake in this ancient ritual as 1,500 oil candles are lit around the pagoda while the monks chant ancient Pali scriptures.