Grand Lotus Tours is pleased to welcome you to Yangon. You will quickly see that this Southeast Asian city is like none other in the world. With a population of over 5 million, Yangon is lively and filled with excitement. This city was once under the power of the British Empire, and you will notice the Victorian architecture of the colonial days throughout the city. Yangon is filled with lush green parks, vast lakes, and charming people, and we are sure that you have made the right choice for your travel destination. There are many things to do and see in Yangon and Grand Lotus Tours assures that your time is well spent. We have highlighted some of the main destinations within Yangon, but this city has a lot more to offer.
Bogyoke or Scott’s market is located in the southern part of the city near Chinatown and the river. It is known for its lively upbeat pace. This market showcases a variety of goods from all over Myanmar ranging from jewelry, paintings, fabrics, lacquer ware, wood and stone carvings, gems, and much more. The prices at Scott market cannot be beaten, be sure you try a bit of bargaining. It is quite fun and you will be surprised at how low you can get the price. If shopping wears you out and you are looking for a bite to eat, Bogyoke Market has a wide assortment of traditional Burmese food to try and it is a different experience than your typical restaurant.
While roaming around the city of Yangon a very tall golden pagoda may have caught your eye. This is the most famous pagoda in all of Myanmar, Shwedagon. Built in the 6th century B.C. Shwedagon pagoda is said to hold eight strands of Buddha’s hair. It is a place of worship for the local people and an amazing site for non-locals. With thousands of Buddha images and hundreds of monks wandering around the temple, it is surely to touch your heart and soul. The pagoda also provides an excellent view of the city and its surroundings. You can easily spend a few hours gazing up at the gold covered tower, as well as exploring the different and lavishly decorated buildings within the complex.
Shwedagon pagoda has a lot of history within its walls. There is much to be learned about the pagoda and Grand Lotus Tours will provide all essential information you may want to know.
Here within the old metal roofed shed you will find one of the largest reclining Buddha images in all of Southeast Asia. This temple is a must see while touring around Yangon, and it is just a short distance from Shwedagon pagoda. You will be impressed by its massiveness. If you are into fortune telling then you have come to the right place.
There are quite a few astrological and palm readers working in the temple. If you’re impressed by this Buddha and would like to see a bigger one even. we suggest a day trip to Bago. (see day trips around Yangon)
The National Museum in Yangon hosts a great collection of artifacts from around the country. Here you can begin to understand the culture and history of the people. The displays range from Myanmar paintings, ancient ornaments and jewelry, culture of the ethnic races, and various craft works. A visit will satisfy the curiosity of most people interested in history.