Downtown YangonYangon City Centre
Situated in the centre of Yangon (Rangoon) is the busy city centre and the riverbank, where shops, amenities, riverside trading and many luxury hotel facilities are located. In the mid-19th century, the roads were sketched according to a raster design by Lieutenant Alexander Fraser, who also created Singapore, with numbers rising from east to west, making them quite easy to navigate (but remember that the casual street has a name rather than a number).
You can walk through the city center and the river bank, but you should always keep an eye on the sun. In the center of the city is the intersection Sule Pagoda Road and Mahabandoola Road. Here is the old Sule Pagoda (in the center of a large roundabout) and the Mahabandoola Garden, directly to the southeast.
The Sule Pagoda is a good point of orientation in the city center, and the gardens are a haven from the noises of the roads; in its center is the Yangon's Independence Monument, a large blank obelisk. World War II bombings caused much damage to downtown Yangon, so not all of its pristine colorful architectural heritage is preserved - but there is still much left that makes it one of the major Southeast Asian towns.
While you are wandering around, there are intriguing structures to be discovered on almost every road; some have been renovated, others are in urgent need of repaire. Have a look at our YouTube movie from Mahabandoola Garden Park in the North. One of the city centre's architectonic heritages are:: Town Hall, just west of Sule Pagoda on Mahabandoola Road.
89-133 Pansodan Road, just south of Mahabandoola Garden. Pegu Club, situated just south of the city centre, is one of Yangon's most impressive structures. TELGRAPH (Myanma Posts and Communications), 125-133 Pansodan Road, Ecke Mahabandoola Road. A larger choice of pictures can be found in our Flickr picture gallery in the city centre.
The secretariat is one of the biggest and most iconsical remnants of Great Britain's nationalism. The Secretariat, also known as the Minister's Building, covers the whole bloc between Anawratha and Mahabandoola streets and Thein Phyu and Bo Aung Kyaw streets in the centre of the city. Yangon's above described monuments only scratches the surfaces of what Yangon has to show - the promenade also offers a charming and diverse range of monuments from the Colonian period (see below) and a complete listing of monuments on the Yangon City Heritage Site can be found here.
A 50-year Moratorium on the destruction of over 50 years old Yangon heritage structures was enacted in 2012, and the Yangon Heritage Trust was established by the renowned Myanmar researcher Thant Myint-U to help secure the continued existence of these fine and historic structures. Myanmar offers a wide range of sightseeing trips including the city of Yangon - read more here.
Yangon sightseeing trips and sightseeing can also be found, which can be ordered through this website (on the right side at the top of this page). Yangon's main train was originally demolished during the Second World War, but the present day Yangon train yard, finished in 1954, is an interesting example of Burma's post-colonial architectural style, which includes classicism.
It is also the point of departure for the Yangon Circular Railway, a 46-kilometre three-hour commuting route that also provides a captivating piece of community living with smiling, beckoning and music. It is located just south of the city centre.
If you want to see and do other things in downtown Yangon, visit the market and visit places of worship. Yangon's riverbank, along which Strand Road (known in Burmese as Kanna Lan) is a beehive of commercial activities and is home to one of the largest concentrations of architectonic pearls in the town; among the structures are the Yangon Region Court, the Custom House, the famed Strand Hotel and the Myanma Port Authority.
A larger choice of pictures can be found in our Flickr Photoalbum am Flussufer. Opposite these structures are the bustling Yangon river dock, where large and small ships are loading and unloading their goods for the town. A number of cruise ships depart from Botataung (eastern end of downtown) and Wardan (western end of downtown) for a few relaxed moments on the Yangon.
From the Pansodan Ferry Terminal you can take a ferry to Dala, where you can see some of the area' s indigenous marketplaces and take a much more leisurely approach to it. Many residents travel across the Yangon to Yangon because the price in Dala is lower - and the inhabitants are inferior.