Maha Wizaya Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.

Around Yangon - bits and pieces to see whilst walking about in the City.

Yangon has some nice old Colonial Buildings as well as Mosques, Churches, Temples and so on to look at.

Although probably most people visiting Yangon for a day or two quite understandably simply head straight off to look round the City's two famous Golden Pagodas there are a few other bits and pieces to see. Situated mostly around Downtown and Central these are easily visited on foot. Below are just a series of photos (with the odd comment) which might induce visitors to look a little beyond just going to Shwedagon Pagoda and maybe Sule Pagoda.

The first photo below is taken in Ahlone District along Min Ye Kyaw Wa Road and is of the Central Women's Hospital - this is a really beautiful old red bricked set of buildings. The photo was taken from the restaurant of the Hotel Grand United on the opposite side of the road - from where incidentally you also get a view of Yangon River and good views across Yangon (including "that" Pagoda). The restaurant at this hotel is not too badly priced and has a good varied menu however the drinks are expensive. On the subject of eating if you turn left from the hotel going along Min Ye Kyaw Wa Road then near the railway-bridge there is a family run restaurant which has really good and somewhat cheaper food on offer.
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The Womens Hospital Yangon building, Ahlone, Yangon, Myanmar.
Womens Hospital Yangon
Rooftop view of Yangon and of course the Shwedagon Pagoda - Myanmar.
Shwedagon Pagoda
St Johns Church, Ahlone, Yangon, Myanmar.
St Johns Church Yangon
Yangon General Hospital building at Yangon, Myanmar.
Yangon General Hospital
Holy Trinity Cathedral amongst the trees, Yangon, Myanmar.
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Holy Trinity Cathedral view inside, Yangon, Myanmar.
Holy Trinity Cathedral inside
Yangon's Holy Trinity Cathedral - Yangon, Myanmar.
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Beautiful Clock tower in central Yangon, Myanmar.
Clock tower

Visiting Maha Wizaya Pagoda in Central Yangon, Myanmar.

The Pagoda is located close to the south entrance of the Shwedagon Pagoda. Maha Wizaya Pagoda was built in 1980 and funded by public donations to commemorate the unification of all Theravada Orders.
Although the main entrance is located on U Thaung Road an alternative is to go in via Shwedagon Pagoda Road which means you can get a good look at the Pagoda's excellent Tank and footbridge (guarded by two chinthes) - much more interesting. Also if you leave by this bridge then just o the right there are several cafes and food stalls. Whichever entrance is used as normal shoes have to be removed, clothing should be discrete and as ever you should walk round the Pagoda in a clockwise direction. The Pagoda has an eleven level Hti - which is two more than on the Shwedagon Pagoda. However the main feature is inside the Stupa - where there is a circular shrine with an image of the Buddha - this was a gift from the King and Queen of Nepal. The interior of the Pagoda is decorated with painted scenes of the Buddha's life - even the ceiling is beautifully decorated with paintings of animals and fish. Around the outside of the Pagoda are numerous shrines and pavilions, a drum and a bell.
Maha Wizaya Pagoda tank, Yangon, Myanmar.
Maha Wizaya Pagoda tank
Maha Wizaya Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar.
Maha Wizaya Pagoda
Maha Wizaya Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar.
Maha Wizaya Pagoda
Maha Wizaya Pagoda inside, Yangon, Myanmar.
Maha Wizaya Pagoda inside
Maha Wizaya Pagoda inside, Yangon, Myanmar.
Maha Wizaya Pagoda inside
Maha Wizaya Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar.
Maha Wizaya Pagoda
Maha Wizaya Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar.
Maha Wizaya Pagoda
Dargah Bahadur Zafar Shah, Yangon, Myanmar.
Dargah Bahadur Zafar Shah

Dargah Bahadur Zafar Shah Memorial in Yangon.

Not far from the above Pagoda on Zi Wa Ka Road is a rather unusual monument which contains the tomb of the Mogul Emperor of India who was exiled to Burma by the British in 1858 where he spent four years until his death. He was then buried in an unmarked grave - this was later discovered in 1991 together with that of his wife Zeenat Mahal and their grandson. The site contains a mausoleum with a mosque and has become a place of pilgrimage for Indians.
Also nearbye there are some gardens called Kan Taw Mingalar - although situated on the corner of two main roads these well maintained gardens are remarkably peaceful. There is a restaurant within the area which is called the Golden Duck and also a lake where you can hire paddle boats if you wish.
Dargah Bahadur Zafar Shah, Yangon, Myanmar.
Dargah Bahadur Zafar Shah
Dargah Bahadur Zafar Shah, Yangon, Myanmar.
Dargah Bahadur Zafar Shah
Boats for hire at Kan Taw Mingalar Gardens in Yangon, Myanmar.
Kan Taw Mingalar Gardens
Kan Taw Mingalar Gardens and boating lake, Yangon, Myanmar.
Kan Taw Mingalar Gardens
Mogul Shia Jama Masjid, Yangon, Myanmar.
Mogul Shia Jama Masjid
Mogul Shia Jama Masjid, Yangon, Myanmar.
Mogul Shia Jama Masjid
Sri Devi Hindu Temple, Yangon, Myanmar.
Sri Devi Hindu Temple
Sri Devi Hindu Temple, Yangon, Myanmar.
Sri Devi Hindu Temple
St Marys Cathedral looking beautiful in the sunlight, Yangon, Myanmar.
St Marys Cathedral
St Marys Cathedral inside view, Yangon, Myanmar.
St Marys Cathedral inside
Under repair - The Botataung Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar.
Botataung Pagoda
Yangon's Botataung Pagoda, near the riverfront, Myanmar.
Botataung Pagoda
Two of the photos above are of the old and very important Botataung Pagoda which is down by the river at Downtown Yangon. The Pagoda was undergoing re-gilding in 2014 as can be seen in the photos - this was completed in 2015 and this unusually constructed Pagoda is fully open for visitors and of course looking really beautiful. Please see our Visiting Botataung Pagoda item for some photos etc.
Botataung Road Mosque, Yangon, Myanmar.
Botataung Road Mosque
Botataung Stalls, Yangon, Myanmar.
Botataung Stalls
Beautifully constructed Sunni Jameh Masjid in Yangon, Myanmar.
Sunni Jameh Masjid
Surti Sunni Jama Masjid minaret, Yangon, Myanmar.
Surti Sunni Jama Masjid minaret
Surti Sunni Jama Masjid, Yangon, Myanmar.
Surti Sunni Jama Masjid
Inside the beautiful Surti Sunni Jama Masjid, Yangon, Myanmar.
Surti Sunni Jama Masjid
One of several Old Colonial Buildings in Downtown Yangon, Myanmar.
Colonial Building
Yangon Port Authority Building, Yangon, Myanmar.
Port Authority Building

The Yangon River which passes through Yangon, Myanmar.

Yangon River starts a little to the north of Ahlone District in Yangon and is formed by the confluence of the Pun Hlaing River and the Hlaing River. Yangon River is then joined by Bago River on the southern edge of Yangon City - the much wider river then proceeds south for around 19 miles and empties itself into the Gulf of Martaban (part of the Bay of Bengal). Much of the river bank in Yangon is unreachable for the public as it is full of container ports, stores, shipyards and freight jetties. You can naturally get down to one of the several public ferry jetties of course - for instance at Botataung Jetty (Downtown) where there are a few small boats and ferries around. However so far the Yangon authorities seem to have failed to understand the value of having a nicely laid out river front with seats, foliage and paved walkways where people can come and relax (perhaps they should take a trip to Phnom Penh!)..
Fruit stalls with lots to sell, Yangon, Myanmar.
Fruit stalls
Yangon's main Post Office, riverfront, Yangon, Myanmar.
Yangon Post Office
The wide and fairly empty of boats Yangon River, Yangon, Myanmar.
Yangon River
Yangon River moored cruiseboat, Yangon, Myanmar.
Yangon River cruise boat
Yangon River quite large Ferry, Yangon, Myanmar.
Yangon River Ferry
Yangon River, Yangon, Myanmar.
Yangon River
Small boats moored on Yangon River in Yangon, Myanmar.
Yangon riverboats
Yangon River bank and some small boats, Yangon, Myanmar.
Yangon riverboats
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