Where to Go in Yangon?
Vibrant and dynamic, Yangon (Rangoon) is situated on a spit of a land surrounded on three sides by water. Named Yangon - "end of strife" - by King Alaungpaya in 1775, it is one of the most charming and the most beautiful of capital cities in South East Asia. Yangon continues to be the hub of economic activity, and the gateway for most international visitors.
Download the Yangon Map to see the tourist attractions, shops, and restaurants near Clover Hotels.
The stunning Shwedagon Paya is the centrepiece of the city, a gleaming golden stupa visible from all over town. A leisurely walk on the grounds of the compound of Shwedagon is simply awe-inspiring especially at sunset. Shwedagon, which is surrounded by 64 smaller pagodas and numerous temples and pavilions, is full of sweet air with the perfume of the incense and flowers, the sound of the voices of young Buddhist nuns chanting prayers in the ancient Pali language and the melodies of the countless small brass bells that adorn the pagodas.
Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake & Karaweik Palace
Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake is one of the most beautiful parts of Yangon - it lies in the midst of the city, but is fairly quiet and is surrounded by parks and gardens. It is a nice place to go for a stroll, or if you just want to get away from the crowded marketplaces in Yangon. Try to get there a little before sunset - the locals say that the sunsets of Kandawgyi Lake are perhaps the loveliest you'll get to see anywhere. Located on the eastern shore of the Kandawgyi Royal Lake in the city of Yangon is the Karaweik Palace.
Bogyoke Aung San Market aka Scott Market
Bogyoke Aung San Market, is the most popular market of Yangon. Here, you can find a wide range of Myanmar souvenirs, Myanmar ruby, sapphire, jade and pearl, antique, Burmese handicraft, art galleries, etc. Known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets, the market is a major tourist destination.
Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda
One of Myanmar's more beautiful reclining buddhas, the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha is 216ft in length and is the third largest reclining Buddha in Myanmar. The face of the buddha is topped by a crown encrusted in diamonds and other precious stones. Close to the buddha's feet is the small shrine to Ma Thay, said to be a holy man who has the power to stop rain and grant sailors a safe journey.