An overview of Yangon
Once the capital of Myanmar, Yangon remains an important city and is still the country’s largest with a population of around 7 million people. Yangon offers a perfect blend of the ancient and modern and it is also clear to see strong British colonial influences in the streets and architecture too. Although still under-developed by Southeast Asian standards, Yangon is a bustling city and one that is home to a number of important cultural attractions. The incredible Shwedagon Pagoda is undoubtedly a must-see for any visitor to the city. Its huge golden stupa (almost 100 metres high) can be seen from practically anywhere in Yangon, and at 2,000 years old is also considered to be Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist site.
Other important attractions include NgahtatgyiPaya and the huge statue located at ChaukhtatgyiPaya. Indeed, tourists will be spoiled for choice when it comes to cultural heritage sites in Yangon. However, it is important to add that a thriving restaurant and bar scene is emerging in the city, which now provides tourists the comforts of home in tandem with the mysterious and ancient wonders on offer. Visitors may be surprised to see French and Japanese cuisine as well as local foods, and this also includes a range of fusion restaurants as well. However, it remains undisputable that Yangon’s real gems are its numerous temples that will capture the imagination of many visitors to the region. Yangon should be near the top of any list for first-time visitors to Myanmar.