The world is ready to be back on track soon, so it’s a perfect time to make bucket lists and plans! Whether you are a Burmese citizen looking for ways to spend time with your family or visitors who are looking forward to visiting Yangon in the future, here is a list of family-friendly activities in Yangon to try out after the pandemic.
Explore Yangon Architectural Heritage Sites
Yangon is full of historic stories stored for you to discover. If you head downtown, the buildings will tell the history itself. There were no infrastructure improvements since the independence of Britain Colony in 1824, so it is still standing today. In fact, Yangon has the most colonial buildings in the world! You can get a walking tour that takes bout 2.5 hours with Yangon Heritage Trust or you can arrange your own desired routes. The colonial buildings are an astonishing sight that will travel you back in time to the olden days.
Secretariat, Bogyoke Market, Sule Pagoda Square (Yangon City Hall, Maha Bandula Park, Yangon High Court Building), Accountant General Building, and Strand Hotel.
Bonus: Lim Chin Tsong Palace
Religious Historical Architecture Sites
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, Shri Kali Hindu Temple, Mogul Shiah Jamay Mosque, Kheng Hock Keong Temple, Sule Pagoda
Bonus: Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda
Hop on Yangon Circular Train
This train ride will give you an insider view of Yangon’s unreported lifestyles. Locals frequently use trains to get around since it’s the cheapest option of transportation. Therefore, you can get an insight into locals’ daily routines along the journey. The scenery range from buildings, rural settings to markets so it is an adventure for the kids. It’s exciting to explore the unseen side of the city, so get on the next train! You’re going to miss it.
The tickets can be purchased at the Railway Station. It costs 100-200 MMK, and trains depart Yangon Railway station approximately every 45 to 60 minutes.
Dine on Botataung River Cruise
Sightseeing on a river cruise with your family during sunset is an ideal way to spend time. Kids will be fascinated by Botataung’s unique atmosphere with seagulls, turtles, and fishes. It’s a hidden gem, so there are fewer tourists in the area than you would normally see at Shwedagon Pagoda. Botataung Pagoda is also a distinctive landmark. It marks the place where the two Indian traders (who brought the first Buddha’s hair relics to Myanmar) were guided by a spirit that shows a spot to enshrine a relic. In fact, the spirit points at the spot which is now known as The Shwedagon Pagoda. The interior of Botataung Pagoda has a mirrored maze-like walkway, so it’s pretty fun for kids. This captivating history and the unique environment is the reason why you can’t miss Botataung on an itinerary.
Recommended: Yangon River Cruise & Royal Green River Cruise
Walkalong the Alley Gardens
A social enterprise called Doh Eain has renovated back allies of Yangon Streets in downtown into alley gardens. They were previously filled with trashes, but now they are filled with wall arts and a playground for children. On some occasions, they have events such as Zumba Classes, Yoga Classes, Movie Projections, etc…The project is still ongoing, so there is more to come in the future! You can follow YGN Walls for updated information.
Alley Garden Locations: 27th, 29th, 31st, 32nd, 35th, 39th, 41st, and 42nd Street
Visit the Houses of Notable Burmese Leaders
Visiting houses of Burmese Leaders can inspire future generations and a great place to learn Burmese History in a fun way.
U Thant House: A Burmese diplomat and a UN Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971, U Thant is one of the respected international politicians in Myanmar. The house was renovated by his family after it was left to be ruined. It is now open for visitors and held events to discuss topics that were valued by U Thant such as peace, human dignity, sustainable development, education, and protecting the environment.
‘Reservations are required for all groups and third-party guided tours of 10 persons or more.’ International Visitors: 10 000 MMK
Normal Opening Hours
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 – 17:00 hrs.
Bogyoke Aung San Museum: A revolutionary Burmese Politician, General Aung San is a father of Burmese Independence. He was an inspiration for young generations for decades. Before he was assassinated, he lived in a colonial-era villa, and it is also where his daughter, Aung San Suu Kyi grew up as a child. It is now made as a museum for people to learn about his journey.
Entrance Frees: 5 000 MMK
Normal Opening Hours
Tuesday to Sunday
9:00 – 17:00 hrs
Bonus: National Museum – Although it’s not a house, The National Museum has a variety of Burmese History on the country, leaders, kings and exhibits historical items.
Stroll Along the Inya Lake
In Yangon, you can get one of the best sunset views from Inya Lake. The Inya Lake walkways are not connected, so there are two sides. One of the sides is on Pyay Road (the west), and the other is on Kabar Aye Pagoda Road (the east), but it is mesmerizing regardless of the sides.
Pyay Road: This side is more crowded because the township has a larger population and there are more restaurants compared to the other side. There are also swimming, rowing, sailing, and golf places nearby as well.
Kabar Aye Pagoda Road: You can see Aung San Suu Kyi house and an abandoned ferris wheel from this side. If you enjoy tranquility, this side is suitable for you.
Restaurants with Inya Lake View: The Seeds, Le Planteur, The White Swan Restaurant, Zephyr Restaurant (Seinn Lann So Pyay Garden), L’OPERA Italian Restaurant,
Bonus: Visit Kandawgyi Lake. It also gives a nice view of the sunsets and there is a footbridge, so you can relax as you walk along the lake with your family. There is also a playground for kids at the end of the bridge at Kandawgyi Park.
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