Before Naypyidaw, Yangon was once the capital of Myanmar, and today remains its commercial centre and largest city. Located on the fertile delta region on the Yangon river, it is home to the country’s main sea and air ports, and acts as a hub through which travellers journey to other cities and regions.
The city is brimming with history and culture, yet also shows the most evidence of change since Myanmar opened its doors in 2011 after decades of closed military rule.
Key places of interest include the must-visit golden Shwedagon, Chaukhtetgyi reclining Buddha, Sule Pagoda and the colonial buildings in the city center, Bogyok (Scott) Market, The National Museum and Kaba Aye (World Peace) Pagoda. We also encourage you to explore its tree-lined streets, riverbanks, parks and lakes at your leisure.
Yangon’s city centre is host to the largest collection of late-nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century colonial architecture in Southeast Asia. Among these are the Yangon City Hall, Customs House, Victorian-style Strand Hotel and the Pegu Club, one of the oldest surviving British colonial buildings in Yangon.