Spending one day in Yangon is enough to absorb the rich Myanmar culture. A look at Shwedagon and pagodas can enrich your visions, and it may be the most golden scenes you’ve ever seen in your life. Nay Myo is here to ease you from your thirst by showing you what to do in Yangon and how to spend a day in Yangon.
As a former sailor, the desire of spending more time with his loved ones in the city is why he became a tour guide, he sure knows how to spend some quality time around the city!
Myanmar is located in southeast Asia. With shimmering gold that reflects in the sun, and beautiful pagodas that look like victories scattered upon the ground. Myanmar is where you want to hunt for rich culture and religion.
Trains are one of the best ways to transport while heading for this treasure hunt. It’s cheap, it’s the right speed to browse around, and most important of all, it’s everywhere!
Nay Myo suggests that you start your one-day itinerary from Yangon Central Railway Station, the largest train station in Yangon, to enjoy some local train experience of Yangon. Walking towards the great hall, you can see the design of traditional Burmese architectural style like piled up tiles of roof, standing steady and tall, like a great umbrella underneath the hot sun.
A colorful market to start the adventure – Insein local market
First stop is Insein station, hop off to seek one of the most colorful market you have ever been to! Insein local market is a colorful market where you can buy all sorts of things. Markets are always a wonderful place to take a walk. The freshening smell of tropical fruits, small vendors selling all sorts of treats with bamboo leaves as plates. Bright colors from signs and food, welcoming everyone that passes by.
There is also a small train that goes around the small village, you can hop on and have a small round trip sightseeing and admiring the calm and peacefulness of Insein. The train also passes by some forests where you can see tall trees on one side and view the village on the other.
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Get a closer view of Yangon’s colonial buildings
A half day trip at Insein should be plenty. Getting back to Yangon, head to downtown Yangon to see some colonial Buildings. Of all Southeast Asian cities, Yangon has the highest number of colonial-era buildings. The beauty of colonial architecture spreads across the city, 19th-century British architecture blended with bright colors that bring out the passion of Asian countries.
Secretariat is known as the minister’s office. It is a combination of classical Victorian structure complete with a redbrick outlay and arches lining the verandahs. The building is vacant since the government was moved to the new capital Naypyidaw. They do plans to restore it and turn it into a hotel or museum for people to see this piece of fascinating architecture.
To upgrade your colonial architecture experience, have a few nights stay at the Strand Hotel, Yangon’s best restored colonial-era buildings, built with soft yellow bricks but in the style of British architecture facing the Yangon river in the center of town. Strand Hotel re-opened in 1993 and is one of the most luxurious and expensive hotels in Yangon.
Pay a visit to the 70 meters long statue of the Reclining Buddha
As a city full of religion and culture, Yangon has different religious festivals every month. For example, the Thingyan Festival is one of the most festivals in Myanmar. It is a water festival celebrating the Myanmar New Year which lasts for four days, doing good deeds by offering meals and snacks, taking Sabbath, or cutting nails for their elders.
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Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple is the most well known Buddha temple in Yangon, and it is where one of the largest reclining Buddha lays. It was built by a wealthy Burmese Buddhist, Sir Po Tha.
The statue has a placid face with glass eyes, and it is topped by a crown encrusted with diamonds and other precious stones. By the Buddha’s feet is a small shrine which belongs to Ma Thay, a holy man who can control rain and grant fisherman safety, it surely is a piece of magnificent art.
The golden light of Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda might be the most use of gold you may see in one place! It is a gilded stupa, a place usually made for meditating.
Known as the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, as it is believed to contain relics of the four previous Buddhas of the present Kalpa. As the most famous landmark and the main tourist attraction in Yangon, it has a huge diamond on the tip of the main stupa, which when you stand in the right place, you may see its glorious glow of diamond light shine through like a ray of hope.
For a unique experience, you could also see Shwedagon Pagoda at night, they have lighted up the stupa, lighting up the night sky with its blessed golden mist. Another attraction inside Shwedagon Pagoda is the largest bell ever weighing almost 300 tons, also a sight worth seeing!
Hang out like a local at Kandawgyi Lake
Experience some local lifestyle at Kandawgyi Park also known for its Royal lake with a great view of Shwedagon Pagoda. The park is popular amongst the locals with its huge lake in the middle reflecting the color of the changing sky. During sunset, the lake looks like liquid gold with a dash of red passionate fire while surrounded by the lively green scenery of the parks nature.
Try some mohinga and surprise your tastebuds
What to eat in Yangon? Nay Myo recommends Lucky 7, a tea house that serves delicious mohinga. Mohinga is known as the national food of Myanmar, it is made with fish soup, ginger, lemongrass, beans, and rice noodle.
People usually eat mohinga for breakfast, but you can also have it for an afternoon snack. The dining atmosphere at Lucky 7 is exotic and always decorated with fresh flowers, great service, and a reasonable price!
Yangon is a religious city packed with rich culture, people are merry, the weather is great, and is awaiting your visit.
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Nay Myo Htet | Mingalabar!!! Welcome to Myanmar