Shwedagon Pagoda Guide

Most visitors to Shwedagon Pagoda climbed up the Singuttara Hill by one of four stairways or zaungdans. Shwedagon Pagoda, like most other pagodas in Myanmar, has four stairways or zaungdans, one on each side of the pagoda (north, south, east and west). The stairway that is most used by the foreign visitors is the Southern Stairway, which ascends from the direction of the city center. The stairway starts immediately at the end of the Shwedagon Pagoda Road, which runs straight from downtown Yangon (Rangoon). Shwedagon Pagoda Road starts near Bogyoke Aung San Market, and runs north until it ends at the foot of the Shwedagon Pagoda. From here starts the Southern Stairway.

Yangon Travel Guide – Thanlyin

The nearest place to visit just outside of Yangon is Thanlyin (or Tanyin) formerly Syriam. Just across the Bago River (Pegu River) it is an important port town in Yangon Division. It is only about an hour’s drive from downtown Yangon. On the way, you have to cross one of the longest bridges in Myanmar, the Thanlyin Bridge.

Thanlyin is a very ancient town in Myanmar and has many ancient pagodas and monuments. One of the famous pagodas is Kyaik Kauk Pagoda which is on the way to Kyauk Tan, on a read more

Yangon Travel Guide – Colonial Buildings

High Court - Rangoon - 1911
High Court of Rangoon

Under British rule, Rangoon (Yangon) was a major port city as well as a major financial, political and administrative center. As Burma at that time was a major exporter of oil, cotton, rice and timber, many foreign businesses open their offices in Yangon. Most of them are British owned with some Indian businesses. These businesses built grand and elaborate offices in the center of Rangoon. British government also built quite read more

Tips for going from Yangon Airport to Town

If you are a foreigner, and coming to Myanmar (Burma) for the first time, you will find yourself in a completely different world. And the first daunting task would be to go to your hotel. If you have already arranged with your travel agent to pick you up at the airport, everything would be OK. But if not, you will have to hire a taxi. There is no airport bus service running from Yangon read more

Travel Guide to Yangon (Rangoon) – Pagodas

Where to visit in Yangon after Shwedagon and around?

After a must pay visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, one can pay a visit to other pagodas. Apart from Shwedagon, another Pagoda worth visiting is Sule Pagoda. Situated in the center of Yangon (Rangoon), in downtown Yangon (Rangoon), it is easy to reach by bus or by taxi. The pagoda is reputedly 2,000 years old and has a strange octagonal shape. As the Sule Pagoda is situated in the center of downtown Yangon, it is always packed with people. read more

Yangon (Rangoon) travel guide – Shwedagon and arround

Making merit at the Shwedagon

Yangon (Rangoon) is the former administrative capital of Myanmar (Burma). Although the government has moved the capital to Naypyidaw, Yangon remains the commercial capital of Myanmar (Burma). Yangon is the only port of entry in Myanmar, and because there are many historical places in Yangon, it is worth visiting the City a few days before traveling up country.

Brief Historical Note

Yangon was established by King Alaungphaya in 1755. Formerly known as Dagon, a small town at the end of Hlaing read more

Bogyoke Aung San Market

Bogyoke Aung San Market Yangon

If you ever visit Yangon, one place you must go is Bogyoke Aung San Market. Even if you have no intention of buying anything from the market, the place is a must go place for tourists. Nearly one hundred years old now, the market is one of the oldest markets in Yangon. Previously known as Scott’s Market, the name was later changed to Bogyoke Aung read more

Yangon Taxi

Like any other cities in the world, Yangon has a lot of taxis running the streets of the city. Unlike other cities in the world, taxis in Yangon are not metered, that means there is no meter to calculate the fare. In fact, there is not a single taxi with a meter in Yangon. (However, this might change in the near future as the Yangon municipality has plans to install meters in taxis). So you have to bargain with the taxi driver when you hire a taxi. Usually most taxi drivers ask read more

Cinema Halls in Yangon

Compared to other capital cities of South East Asia, Yangon has fewer cinema halls. And most of them are quite old, dating back to as far as the colonial period. There are about six or seven cinema halls in downtown Yangon which show Hollywood, Bollywood (Indian movies) and local movies. They usually play four shows a day.

In Myanmar, the cinema halls are single theater types, usually having two levels of seating. On first level, there are usually three or four classes with the front seats being read more