Yangon is changing like the wind with Myanmar opening wide its doors to tourists, so grab a ticket now to see the city in its full splendour for your next weekend trip from Singapore. Shopping malls are popping up all over the city, but in the heart of the city, stunning colonial architecture sits alongside crowded pavement packed with tea houses and locals snacking on delectable Burmese treats. The most popular attraction is Shwedagon Pagoda which is one of Southeast Asia’s must-sees, an awe-inspiring temple.

Shwedagon Pagoda

If you only have time to visit one temple in Yangon, the Shwedagon Pagoda is a must-see as it is the icon of Myanmar and absolutely critical to Burmese life. Shwedagon is also home to sacred Buddha relics –  and these are much revered by the Burmese people. There’s a lot to take in at Shwedagon for history and architecture lovers and there are people offering guided tours if you want to learn more about Buddhism and the temple, which can be quite insightful especially if you are not familiar with Buddhist customs.

 

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Circular Train

One of the more interesting ways to get a look at local Burmese life in Yangon is to hop on the Circular Train that takes you around Yangon. The trains run about every half an hour or so and takes a total of 3 hours to make the full loop.

Bogyoke Aung San Market

Once known as Scott Market, the market was renamed in 1948 after Burmese independence for Major General Aung San, father of Aung San Suu Kyi. The market is a sprawling place with many interconnected little buildings and shops spread over 2 levels. You will find many precious gemstones mined in Myanmar like jade, rubies, emeralds and sapphires.

 

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Mingalabar Balloon

This is a pretty new attraction that opened at Kandawgyi Park and it’s more of a viewpoint than an actual balloon ride as this helium balloon takes you 100m up but doesn’t actually travel anywhere. It’s a lovely way to see the city skyline and take in amazing views of Yangon!