Yangon City Center

Yangon City Myanmar Center old and new

Legends tell Yangon City has a history spanning over about two-thousand years there are naturally plenty of old buildings with different styles and architecture. But they start renovating Yangon Downtown.

The main differences are with the buildings and several were built during colonial times when Myanmar still was Burma under the supervision of the English. 

What the English built although rotten from decay still look somehow not so bad and has (arguable) some charm the other are just bad exapt the sacred structures such as the Shwedagon Pagoda and some other Buddhist Temples since they were continuously renovated.

Yangon Art

Those are the ones in the very city center where plenty of people from India live who came in with the British. It doesn't look much like SEA it rather appears like squatters in Calcutta. Keep in mind when all the was built up it was under the control of the British East India and that was again in the grip of the "British Crown".

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Yangon City Nightlife

Yangon Chinatown

Yangon Harbor

Anawrahta Street at Yangon

Bogyoke Market Yangon Shopping

Sule Pagoda Tour

Pagodas and Mosque

Yangon City (Rangoon) faces the ocean.

Yangon City (Rangoon) which faces the ocean and is enclosed by the Irrawaddy or Ayeyarwady delta could be a great place in the east but actually there are too many problems which are similar in Mandalay Bagan and elsewhere in the country.

Today Yangon airport is the first touch down spot in the country, until around hundred years ago Yangon harbor was the arrival point for the traveler at that time the name of the city was Rangoon.

The Shwedagon pagoda at Yangon City is the dominant landmark in the city, placed on a hill and seen from almost everywhere, a golden sign of Myanmar Buddhism. But this is not the only pagoda around, there are more than a dozen more, small and big. The next famous pagoda in the city is Sule Pagoda right in the center. Five minutes walk from the Sule pagoda is the Bogyoke Market, ver close to the Trader Hotel Yangon, that's the premier shopping bazaar in the country, no travel to Myanmar is completed without visiting Bogyoke Aung San Market.

A traveler can choose between many of Yangon hotels, big and small, cheap and expensive. E.g. Queens Park Hotel and Asia Plaza Hotel in the center for around $ 25,- per night and Strand Hotel for around $ 300,- in between are dozens of other hotel and resorts. Probably the most beautiful hotel is the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel at the lake.

Yangon Myanmar is not the capital anymore as it was a few hundred years, now that's Naypyidaw a few hundred kilometers to the north, but it's Yangon where the "music play" and Myanmar has plenty of great music, Myanmar classic music, folklore, pop etc. which can be listened at many Yangon bars and nightclubs in the evening.

The Yangon river is part of the Irrawaddy or Ayeyarwady river and runs straight through

the city creating beautiful sight s and panoramas as you can see at the Yangon pictures below. One of the worst in Yangon or Rangoon are the daily electricity power cuts. 

There was a time when the sea ran into the coast of Burma or today Myanmar much farther than it does today ; when ships cast anchor at Thaton, the earliest capital of the south ; when Pegu, today Bago, in later days a gorgeous and magnificent city was almost itself a seaport. The ships went up the river without problems. After the English left the river was is only little maintained which means continuous shifting sandbanks not allowing a serious river traffic on the water out of Yangon Myanmar northwards.

There was a time also when the ocean brought more to the gates of Yangon and took less away than it does today. Moreover there was already across the water a city which is now forgotten. During colonial times there was a continuous traffic between Yangon and Penang Georgetown.

It was at Syriam that Yangon Myanmar , the city facing the sea and served by a lordly river, the main artery of a nation, first came into being. It' was the fame of Syriam which brought men trafficking to the mouth of the river on which Yangon City is built. Yangon City has been growing for many generations since and today is a Asian metropolis with around 4 million inhabitants.

There are some very pretty buildings left one of it is the old railway station and another one is the old "Ministers Office" above. The two main fixtures (still in original conditions) are the Bogyoke Market plus the City Hall Mahabandola Park places along Anawratha Road until down to the Yangon River with the harbor.

When the British started to renew Yangon as the new capital they choosed the Sule Pagoda as the center and made a grid layout for the streets around.

Yangon City Center

A discovery tour through Yangon (Rangoon)

Yangon City is the largest urban area in Myanmar (Burma) with over 4 million inhabitants and a spectacular landmark dominating the skyline which is the Shwedagon pagoda. 


Yangon city center (2)

Visiting Myanmar or the former Burma usually starts in Yangon City because of the airport and the harbor. There are plenty of other attraction in this truly old fashioned Asian metropolis where the visitor can feel colonial scents almost at every second corner.

vintage jeep in Yangon Myanmar

Yangon city center (1)Yangon city center

Yangon Walking Tour

The Maha Bandula Park.

The Maha Bandula Park also known as Maha Bandula Garden is the public park in front of the Yangon City Hall located in downtown Yangon. Bounded by Maha Bandula Garden Street in the east Sule Pagoda Road in the west and  Konthe Road

Maha Bandula Park City Hall and Sule Pagoda

Walking Strand Road to the east you will pass famous Strand Hotel when the hotel was built it was one of the two most famous in Asia together with the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok. A very similar story was with the Eastern&Oriental Hotel in Georgetown Penang Malaysia.