Discover Yangon with Insight Guides

Shwedagon Pagoda in sunset. Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Shwedagon Pagoda in sunset. Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)


Yangon, Myanmar


The southern city of Yangon, formerly known as ‘Rangoon’, is the site of Shwedagon Paya, the country’s oldest and most spectacular pagoda. Among the principal donors to Shwedagon were the rulers of nearby Bago, the vestiges of whose once splendid capital make the ideal daytrip. Once you’re back in Yangon, join the legions of office workers who breakfast on spicy mohinga noodle stew at one of the city’s traditional teahouses; marvel at the legendary Peacock Throne in the National Museum; and drink in the faded charm of the old colonial quarter, whose stained, flaking facades capture the grandeur of the British Raj at its peak.

Yangon street. Photo: costas anton dumitrescu/Shutterstock


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Insight Guides’ trip to Yangon showcases the fascinating art, architecture and cuisine of Myanmar’s former capital. Discover the artistic soul of Yangon, a city brimming with magnificent buildings, art galleries and museums. Visit the city’s fabulous Shwedagon and Kyauktawgyi Pagodas and learn about the close association between Buddhism and locals, take an architecture tour or visit some of the city’s heritage buildings built during British rule or uncover the secrets of Myanmar’s cuisine with a guided tour of the city’s wet markets.


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