If you are a regular visitor to Nomad Era you may have seen our recent interview with an expat who spent the past 4 years living in Myanmar. In that interview we talked about how Yangon is a dynamic, diverse and rapidly changing city. With 9 million people, Yangon is a city that comes alive at night. There is just something unique about this city that draws people to it. Maybe it’s the friendly and welcoming locals or just the mix of old and new. Whatever the reason, this city’s charm hasn’t been lost on visitors and its quickly becoming a top tourist destination. Below are some of the best attractions in the city of Yangon and why Myanmar has become a place to visit in Southeast Asia.
If you are in Southeast Asia, Shwedagon Pagoda is one places you should definitely see. Located in Yangon, this golden chedi is a beacon to pilgrims and travelers alike. The structure is over 2500 years old and 99 meters high. As if that wasn’t enough to impress you, it is plated with more than 27 metric tonnes of gold leaf glimmers with precious stones such as diamonds, rubies and so on.
As one of the world’s oldest Buddhist temples, the Shwedagon pagoda is a religious monument and a pilgrimage site to the Buddhist population of the world. If you really want to enjoy the magnificence of this temple, we recommend visiting in the late afternoon. That time of day offers a softer view and one can even catch the gleam of the sunset on the temple. This temple serves as a beacon for all Buddhist around the world, but anyone who loves good architecture should definitely make time to visit.
The Local Food Scene
It’s no secret that many tourists travel to specific locations just for the food. Well, if food is what you’re interested in, then Yangon may be the next place to check of your list. Myanmar borders India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand and a lot of the cuisines in these countries have influenced the food in Myanmar. Yangon boasts several local fresh markets where you can experience the native food and the ingredients they are made from.
Chaukhtatgyi Paya (Chak Htat Gyi Buddha) – Reclining Buddha
Chaukhtatgyi Paya, popularly known as the Reclining Buddha, is a gigantic Buddha statue about 65 meters long. Initially, there was a huge standing Buddha statue at the site but it collapsed almost a century ago. Replacing it is the reclining statue found at the site today. The statue has a beautiful crown decorated with diamonds and other precious stones, and at its feet are inscriptions about the symbols and characteristics of the Buddha. There is a large space in front of the statue where friends and family can enjoy a meal together while watching the statue.
Myanmar may be a country that recently started opening itself to visitors, but Yangon is sure to help it attain the recognition it deserves from travelers all over the world.