No visit to Myanmar is complete without visiting the 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, a gold-gilded national treasure that towers at 326 feet in height, and is said to enshrine strands of the Buddha’s hair and other sacred relics. Located west of Kandawgyi Lake on Singuttara Hill, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a taxi driver that doesn’t know it.
Bogyoke Market (Scott Market)
The market was inaugurated in 1926 and is by far the most popular bazaar in Yangon. It features more than 1,000 shops offering a wide range of items for sale including souvenirs, handicrafts, traditional Myanmar attire and jewelry.
Allied War Memorial Cemetery (Htauk Kyant)
The Allied War Memorial Cemetery is located at Htauk Kyant in Mingalardon Township. It is situated approximately 32 kilometers north of downtown Yangon. It was consecrated in 1951, and serves as a memorial to the Allied soldiers who lost their lives in the Myanmar (then Burma) war theater during World War II.
Centrally located in downtown Yangon, the City Hall building is considered to be a fine example of Myanmar architecture. Construction of this formidable municipal epicenter began in 1926 and finished some 10 years later. The building is among many others designated as a Yangon heritage site. Of all Southeast Asian cities, Yangon has the highest number of colonial-era buildings, and you will find hundreds of these late-19th century structures still standing in the surrounding area.