Yangon

Etymology

Yangon was founded as Dagon in the early 11th century (c. 1028–1043) by the Mon, who dominated Lower Burma at that time. Dagon was a small fishing village centred about the Shwedagon Pagoda. In 1755, King Alaungpaya conquered Dagon, renamed it “Yangon”, and added settlements around Dagon. The British captured Yangon during the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824–26), but returned it to Burmese administration after the war. The city was destroyed by a fire in 1841. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Yangon Purpose of Life in Buddhism Meetup – This Buddhist group has a great positive, multi-cultural atmosphere that helps people search for the answer to life’s biggest questions. Through the teachings of Buddha and historical Pure Land Buddhist teachers we understand better the direction our life needs to take in order to find the purpose of life. [meetup]

Yangon Weight Loss Meetup – Let’s get together for affordable activities in our neighborhood. Looking for new friends. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Badoo – Making friends with guys & girls in Myanmar. [badoo]

Topface – A free dating service in Myanmar and around the world. Meet guys and girls online, make friends and find your love right now! Join us! [topface]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Kudu Travel – Kudu are non-territorial, accommodating visitors to their area and ranging widely themselves. Adventurous browsers, they consume many types of foliage and alter their tastes to suit the locale. Kudu also blend well with their environment. Their stripes making them disappear in the dappling of light through the trees, and are able to live both in the wilderness and partially settled areas. [kudu travel]

Think Asia – THINK ASIA TRAVEL & TOURS is a Burmese Travel Agent located in Yangon and run by a French / Myanmar partnership named Nicolas Rabier and Phyo Thura Soe. [thinkasia-tours]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Bogyoke Aung San Market – Bogyoke Aung San market, also commonly known by its former name of Scott Market, was built in 1926 under a design from the British colonial period. On the outside of the market are a number of European looking cobblestone streets with shops housed and either side, and there’s also a large indoor section that’s setup more like a bazaar. [migrationology]

Chaukhtatgyi Paya (Chak Htat Gyi Buddha) – Reclining Buddha – Chaukhtatgyi Paya, which is also referred to as the Reclining Buddha, is an absolutely massive 65 meter long reclining Buddha. Originally there was a standing Buddha statue in the same place, but about fifty years ago it toppled over, and was eventually replaced with a reclining version. [migrationology]

Chinatown Yangon – Eating and Walking – Chinatown in Yangon usually refers to the area of 24th through 18th street, west of the Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon. It’s one of the busiest and most action packed areas of town, especially in the evening when the sides of the streets teem with food vendors selling everything from fresh produce to ready-made things to eat. [migrationology]

Eat Myanmar Food and Drink Tea – Myanmar is slotted between India, China, and Thailand, and the flavors of their cuisine have been influenced by this spectrum of regional diversity. I think eating local Myanmar food and drinking tea is one the greatest things about visiting Yangon. [migrationology]

Kandawgyi Park – walk around, relax, have a drink – The downtown area of Yangon is chaotic, hectic, and there never seems to be a quiet or dull moment. That’s quite the exact opposite from Kandawgyi Park, one of the lush green lake parks in Yangon. [migrationology]

Local fresh market – Probably my favorite way to experience a city, other than by eating, is through visiting a local fresh market – which is of course – directly related to eating. So in the end it all comes back to food. [migrationology]

National Museum of Myanmar – I have to say right off the bat that I’m personally not a huge museum person. I do like to occasionally visit museum if it’s on a subject I’m really interested in, but for the most part, I like hands on museums better (aka. walking around a historical area of a city). [migrationology]

Shwedagon Pagoda – The golden chedi of the pagoda, which reaches a height of 99 meters, is visible throughout the city, and it shimmers in the sun with its incredibly golden surface. I could hardly even look at the pagoda without squinting my eyes, there was so much gold! [migrationology]

Sule Pagoda – The Sule Pagoda is not only a religious and historical pagoda landmark in Yangon, but it’s also a city navigational landmark as well; It seems that all roads in downtown Yangon eventually lead to the Sule Pagoda. The area is also home to numerous government buildings and offices, and a center for bus and road transportation. [migrationology]

Walk Around Yangon (on Foot) – In a city like Yangon, you just never know what you’re going to find, see, or experience when you’re randomly walking around. Other than eating, random walks are one of my personal favorite things to do in Yangon. [migrationology]

Yangon Circular Railroad Ride – Trains are a fairly common form of public transportation throughout Myanmar, and there’s a circular loop route in Yangon, which was built by the British back in 1954. The circular railroad runs for just under 50 kilometers, stops at 39 station, and takes about 3 hours to complete. [migrationology]

Festivals

Festivals

Shwedagon Pagoda Festival – Shwedagon Pagoda Festival is the largest paya pwe (pagoda festival) in Myanmar. Monks recite the Holy Scriptures continuously for 24 hour every day for the entire week before the full moon day of Tabaung. [discovery dmc]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – Yangon has scores of competing private buses. They tend to be old and packed to the rafters. Routes are confusing and there’s virtually no English, spoken or written. If you’re determined, the typical fare within central Yangon is K100 (use small bills – bus conductors don’t tend to have change). Prices often double at night, but they’re still cheap and still crowded. [lonely planet]

Taxi – Yangon taxis are one of the best deals in Asia, despite not using a meter. Most drivers speak at least some English (although it’s advisable to have someone write out your destination in Burmese) and they are almost universally honest and courteous. [lonely planet]

Trishaw – In Myanmar, trishaw passengers ride with the driver, but back-to-back (one facing forward, one backward). These contraptions are called saiq-ka (as in sidecar) and to ride one costs about K1000 for short journeys. Given the heaviness of downtown Yangon’s traffic during the day, you may find trishaw drivers reluctant to make long journeys across town at this time. [lonely planet]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Myanmar Big Data Initiative – After Myanmar stayed behind the curve for so many years, we began the transformation process since 2011. The transformation is taking place in many sectors. [meetup]

Myanmar Entrepreneurs Network (MMEN) – A platform to connect local entrepreneurs and investors through a series of networking sessions and themed events. Through these entrepreneurs-focused events, MMEN aims to support entrepreneurs of all levels in their quests to advance in their journey. [meetup]

MYEA – as leading young entrepreneurs association in Myanmar is hosting an informal gathering to all entrepreneurs in Myanmar for first time ever. [meetup]

Yangon Business Network Seizing Opportunities Together – This Meetup group is established to connect high-level Myanmar business owners and entrepreneurs from a vast range of industries and fields. The common goal: Seizing Opportunities Together! [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Expats in Yangon – This is a social meetup group in Yangon. Come and have fun, hang out, socialize, and enjoy meeting the adventurous people in this incredible city. [meetup]

Ilsan TED & English Meetup – This meetup is for Koreans & foreigners who want to share their opinion and unique insights after watching TED. [meetup]

Yangon Expat Entrepreneurs – Being an expat entrepreneur is different, especially in Myanmar. The locals are welcoming and friendly, to guests. [meetup]

Yangon Language & Cultural Exchange – It is a great opportunity for you to learn and practice your language skills in a fun and friendly environment. Yet, you will be able to meet people from all over the world and make new friends. [meetup]

Yangon Language & Culture Meetup – Let’s get together for affordable activities in our neighborhood. Someone who want to get new friends. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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