Currency The Myanmar Kyat, indicated as MMK is the currency of Myanmar. Notes are in denominations of Kyats 10000, 5000, 1000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be able to find money changers.
Credit Card Credit Cards are only accepted at major hotels, airlines and some international shops and restaurants. Usually a fee is charged for credit card transactions. You are recommended to bring adequate cash.
King Alaungpaya founded Yangon in AD 1755 from Mon. He renamed Yangon from Dagon (it means ends of Strife). Dagon was a small fishing village centered about Shwedagon Pagoda and was built by King Okkalapa. King Alaungpaya extended his empire like Thanlyin to Yangon to prevent from Filipe de Brito e Nicote (a) Nga Zinga, Portuguese adventurer and mercenary.
In colonies period, Yangon had transformed into the commercial and political hub of British Burma. Yangon was chosen as capital of Myanmar (Burma). The British renamed Rangoon from Yangon. Yangon has the largest number of colonial buildings, architecture, offices, churches, mosques, and temples.
At the time of colonies period, there is less people of Myanmar (Burma). There are a lot of Indian, Chinese, and some are the British people in Yangon. After independence in 1948, although the British brought back Indian, there are still left Indian in Yangon. After 1966, Myanmar government holds closed policy and many Indian and Chinese went back their origin countries. Nowadays, Yangon has lots of Myanmar (Burma) in Yangon.
Sightseeing in Yangon
The central of the town is Sule Pagoda; the roads are face to pagoda. Myanmar is independent religious country, Immanuel Baptist Church and Jama Aasjid Mosque are allowed to construct near around Sule Pagoda. Among those, there are city hall, Mahabandola Garden, the Supreme Court and other colonial buildings.
Along the Strand Road, the visitors can start from Botahtaung Pagoda. The Strand Hotel (five star hotels) was built by the British and it is over 100 years long. The visitors can feel the taste of colonial by drinking coffee or tea. The other side of the Strand Hotel is Nan Thi Tar port. The view from the Strand Hotel is very attractive. The other side of Yangon River is Dala and the visitors can take ferry and the view from Dala is the whole panoramic of Yangon. It is the amazing view. Kheng Hock Chinese Temple is also on Strand Road.
Along the Merchant Road, Anawrahta Road, Mahabandola Road, the visitors can see the colonial buildings and architecture, many crowded food shops, clinics, medical stores, electronic shops camera shops, glass shops, china town and other religious buildings
Along the Bogyoke Road, can view St.Mary’s Catholic, was built in 1899, Yangon Train Station, the cinemas, Bogyoke Market, Yangon General Hospital built by the British.
There are a lot of golden pagodas like Shwe Dagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Chauk Htatgyi Pagoda and other attractions like museum, parks, lake, Yangon Zoological Garden, Golf Clubs and many other interesting places.
Main Attractions in Yangon
1) Shwedagon Pagoda
2) Sule Pagoda & Downtown Yangon
3) Chauk Htatgyi Pagoda
4) Thirimingalar Kaba Aye Pagoda
5) Maha Pasana Gula
6) National Museum
7) Souvenir and Gift Shops & Painting Glory
8) Jewelry Shops
9) Bogyoke Market
10) China Town
Most nationalities require a visa to visit Myanmar. Passport holders from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam do not require a visa to enter Myanmar for visit up to 14 days. The current regulations for entering Myanmar are as following:
1. Individual visa
This visa is issued by a Myanmar Embassy or Consulate. An invitation letter is not mandatory, and it usually takes 3-5 working days to issue this visa. Visas issued at Myanmar Embassies are $20.
2. Package Tour visa
This visa is issued by a Myanmar Embassy or Consulate. It usually takes 3-5 days to issue the visa.
Myanmar’s e-visa online system is now available.
- Arrival allowed at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports
- Cost: USD $50 non-refundable paid during application submission. Visa and MasterCard accepted
- Valid for 28 days in country, single-entry. Travelers must arrive in Myanmar within 90 days of issue date.
- Approval letter will be sent within five working days. This letter needs to be printed to allow boarding of your international flight. Upon arrival, please go straight to the immigration counter. No passport photo needed.
- Children under age of 7 holding their own passports are required to apply eVisa separately and pay USD 50 for the eVisa. If your child is under 7 and is listed in parent/guardian passport and accompanying the trip, please fill up the minor information included in eVisa application form.
- Applications can be submitted at http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/.
your travel consultant for additional information.
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