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