With over 7.6 million people, Yangon is the largest city of Myanmar. It is also the main economic and artistic hub of the country. Expect a number of historical sites centered around Burmese Buddhism. The 2500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda is Myanmar’s most sacred Pagoda. It features a 99m high pagoda covered with hundreds of gold plates and encrusted diamonds. The place is busy with devotees and monks washing statues, offering flowers, praying and meditating.
There are plenty of other sights across Yangon such as the Sule Pagoda, the Botahtaung Pagoda, the Bogyoke Aung San Market, the Maha Wizaya Pagoda, the Karaweik Palace, the Ngahtatgyi Temple and the Paya Chaukhtatgyi. Every single sights is within walking distance from the city center. On a sunny bright day, using the circular train to tour Yangon’s surroundings is a great option for some sightseeing.
Last but not least, the biggest highlight of Yangon is appreciating the insane vibrancy of its local life by wandering the endless number of streets across the city. Streets are crowded but full of life!