Home to the largest city and former capital of Myanmar, the Intriguing Yangon Region is primarily urban and one of the most developed of all states and regions in the country. It is Myanmar’s foremost economic and trading hub. Yangon, the commercial city, is the main gateway to Myanmar. Yangon was founded by King Alaungpaya in 1775 on the site of a small settlement called Dagon.

Located in lower Myanmar, Yangon Region is bordered by Ayeyarwaddy Region to the west and by Bago Region to the north and east. It is flanked by the Gulf of Martaban (Andaman Sea) to the south.

Yangon Downtown


The former capital of Myanmar, and its largest city, Yangon, is often the first point of entry for most international visitors: usually arriving via its international airport or seaport. Bustling, urban and still Myanmar’s centre of business and commerce.

On shwedagon pagoda platform

Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon is the most ancient historical pagoda in Myanmar.It is regarded as the most sacred pagoda. The pagoda was rebuilt and enlarged by later kings. The last person to rebuild the pagoda to the present size and shape was Queen Shin Saw Pu.

Sule Pagoda

Sule Pagoda is right in the heart of the metropolis. One cannot possibly miss Sule pagoda, as it stands at the junction of the city’s busiest thoroughfares. Sule Pagoda is believed to be 2000 years old. The octagonal shape is maintained as it tapers to the bell.

Botahtaung Pagoda

Botahtaung Pagoda

The pagoda was named Botahtaung (thousand officers of the guard). It was originally built by Mon people. “Kyaik Dae Up” is the pagoda’s Mon name. “Kyaik” means Pagoda and “Dae Up” means to deliver. The pagoda was renovated from time to time.

Kaba Aye Pagoda

Thiri Mingala Ka Ba Aye Pagoda

The Kaba-Aye Hillock is an interesting stretch of land in Yangon. It is sprawling but rises only imperceptibly. In fact, it is a Buddhist religious estate, so declared at the beginning of the 1990s. Religious-affairs wise, things are run from there.

Nga Moe Yeik Crocodile

Mai Lamu Pagoda

Shangarila where the story of King Ukkalapa’s mother, an ethereal maid of the woodlands, unfolds. The place where the Pagoda stands today was an untamed rain forest, interspersed with tidal creeks, thecrocodiles, as tigers and other beasts wandered on land.

carriage in old Yangon

Historic buildings in Yangon

Many of the old buildings in the city of Yangon, which were built during the early days of the British colonial period have passed through the ages and withstood onslaughts of earthquake, storms, heavy rains and natural disasters.

General Aung San Museum

General Aung San Museum

With the tragic, disastrous and gloomy event, Bogyoke Aung San and seven other leaders were assassinated on 19 July 1947. On the green and shady Natmauk Road, a lane direction marked with “Bogyoke Pya Tike Lann”. It is a colonial-era villa, built in 1921.

Yangon City Hall

City hall of Yangon

The magnificent City Hall is situated at the center of Yangon nearest to the Sule Pagoda and the Independence Monument. All Myanmar citizens are proud of this magnificent building because most visitors praise its wonderful architectural design.

Independence Monument

Independent Monument

After more than 100 years of the British Colonial Rule, our country emerged as the Sovereign State of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on the 4th of January 1948. Thus Burma (Myanmar Nainggan) has existed as the Sovereign State since 1948.

Yangon Zoo

Yangon Zoo

As soon as we stepped into the zoo, what came insight was the green lush environment which is the noises coming from afar sounded so much like a choir song to our ears. The noises and the scene made a perfect match indeed, seemingly defining that area.

Yangon University

Yangon University

Before 1920, the Yangon University Estate was only a vast jungle area infested with beasts, often serving as a hide-out for dacoits, that, in the early 1920s, many halls of residence and lecture-rooms, staff-quarters, and many other modern amenities were hacked.

Kandawgyi - Royal Lake

Royal Lake - Kandawgyi

Kandawgyi is the Myanmar name (big lake) of a lake in the city of Yangon, Myanmar. This lake has existed from time immemorial. It is situated in Bahan Township less than one mile to the northeast of the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.


Yangon China Town

Chinatown is a small place but there are a million things going on around the small place. If you are a tourist don’t forget to visit Chinatown. This is a location where there are different types of food like Japanese, Chinese, all sorts of food there.

Taukkyan War Cemetery building

Tauk Kyan War Cemetery

The Taukkyan War Cemetery is quite well-known in Yangon Region. It is a memorial to the war dead of Britain and its colonies. It was established and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, headquartered in Maidenhead, England.

stone writing at Yangon War Cemetery

Yangon War Cemetery

Surprise of surprises, there is an Allied war cemetery deep inside Yangon City, unknown to most natives of the city, covering 3.5 acres of land. It is Yangon War Cemetery in Sangyaung Township, near the back of Sarpay Beikman Press.

Thanlyin Kyauk Tan

Thanlyin Kyauktan

Thanlyin (Syriam) just across the river from Yangon is an old port, with many ancient pagodas and an old Portuguese church in ruins. In the last few years, the whole area from Thanlyin to Kyauktan is being developed for an industrial zone and a new modern port.

Let Khok Gon Beach

Let Khok Gon Beach

There is a beach by the name of Letkhokgon near the sea. The beach is virtually 30 miles away from Yangon; it is situated near the village of Letkhokgon, Kunchangon Town. The beach is about 9 miles long.

dargah of emperor Shah Zafar

Dargah of Emperor Shah Zafar

The fate of Bahadur Shah Zafar, ex-King of Delhi, parallels that of King Thibaw, Myanmar’s last king. Victims or virtual prisoners of crass British colonialism, each had had to spend his last days in exile, Shah Zafar in Myanmar and King Thibaw in India.

National Races Village Yangon

National Races Village Yangon

My name is ‘National Races Village Union of Myanmar.’ I live near Thanlyin Bridge in Yangon. I’m 17 years old now. Born to a park species, I have no mouth to speak, no leg to travel and no friend to play except that I have the senses to see, hear and feel.

Armenian Orthodox Church

Armenian Orthodox Church

After the establishment of modern Yangon City, the Armenian Orthodox Church facing Merchant Street was built on the land plot at the corner of Merchant Street and Bo Aung Kyaw Street in the current Kyauktada Township in 1862.

Yangon Railway Station

Yangon Central Railway Station

The majestic beauty of Yangon’s central railway station with its Myanmar architectural designs was enhanced further by work or artwork that remains alive and prominently featured.

Chin Chaung Palace

Chin Chaung Palace Museum

The painting museum will be present in Chin Chaung Palace on Kaba Aye Pagoda Road in Bahan Township, Yangon Region. Now it is under renovation to open. The world-class painting museum is expected to be open to the public at the end of 2020.

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