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Yangon Culinary and Culture


It is both pleasurable and exciting if you decide to dine in Yangon. It is generally inexpensive to satisfy your gastronomic pleasures, as one can easily sample different dining options as the choices of food is aplenty around the city. The city’s cuisine is influenced by the many neighbouring countries and has inspired various dishes.




Combinations of an interesting blend of Chinese, Indian and local Myanmar influences give the Burmese cuisine a fusion effect. The typical Burmese dishes are basically curry-based which makes use of chicken, seafood and mutton. There is very little use of pork or beef because of it being a Buddhist dominated country.



Strategically located next to Mainland China, Yangon has a large community of Chinese that bring with them dishes consists of regional cuisines such as Cantonese and Szechuan. These are readily available in the markets.




The Asian influence is very strong in adherence to the city’s patrons who appreciate food as a whole. With Japanese and Korean restaurants abound, you have to just turn around the corner to find these authentic eateries. In many restaurants, one can also find in their menus a plethora of South East Asian dishes, ranging from Thai to Malaysian cuisine.

Most Western cuisine are found in hotels and restaurants which a wide variety of dishes. It is usually available in buffet set-ups as well as in ala carte menus. The peculiar thing is there is an absence of fast food chains in the city. It is clear that Yangonites prefer to have their meals cooked rather than those that the fast food franchises offer. But, in its absence local fast food are more prominent but food lovers still prefer the restaurant set-up for dining out.


All in all, Yangon has kept its local touch in terms of gastronomy delights. With small teashops lining the streets of Yangon, one would find delicious local dishes served with local favourite hot beverages. The most popular snack item that can be found practically anywhere in the city is the ‘Mohinga’. It is a light, curry-based fish noodle soup, which is traditionally taken during breakfast. You can find it is now served all-day long.

So, do not forget to try out the many dishes in Yangon, when you set foot in this wonderful city.

Yangon: Things To See & Do

Scwedagon Pagoda

Visible from all parts of the city, this pagoda is touted to be one of the most magnificent

monuments on earth, housing the relics of the Lord Buddha including eight hairs from his head.

It’s stupa is covered with 8, 000 solid gold plates and its tips set with diamonds, rubies, sapphires

and topaz, making it the most prominent landmark around.




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More Info: Location: Theingottara Hill, Yangon, Myanmar.
Getting Here: 11 Naito-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0022 Japan.


Bogyoke Aung San Market

The most famous shopping centre in Yangon offers a cornucopia of souvenirs, arts & crafts and

other local goods at reasonable prices.



Opening Hrs: Most shops are open from 9 a.m.

Varies from one shop to another.


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Getting Here: Location: On Aung San Road near Traders hotel.


Hlawga Wildlife Park

This park covers 1, 650 acres of land including the Hlawga Lake , which is a home for over 70

kinds of herbivorous animals and 90 species of birds. It also houses a museum of the replica

of Myanmar traditional buildings and a small zoo with rock garden.




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Getting Here: 45 minutes’ drive from downtown Yangon.


Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda

This pagoda is the home to the 72 metre-long reclining Buddha statue, arguably the biggest in Myanmar. The glass mosaics on the sole of its feet represent the 108 special characteristics of

the Buddha.




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Getting Here: Location: 10 mins away from downtown Yangon, 5 mins from Scwedagon Pagoda.


National Museum

This five-storey museum houses Myanmar’s glories from the past, from the throne of the

last Myanmar King, to ancient relics from various periods.




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Getting Here: Location: Pyay Road, about a few mins away from downtown.

Yangon: Events Highlights

Japanese Film Festival 23 January

This events brings the best of Japanese cinematic offerings to Yangon, in a bid to boost cultural exchange between the two countries.


Full Moon Day of Tabaung 21 March

A celebration of the last, and the most colourful, month of Myanmar’s Lunar calendar, with pagoda festivals in full swing nationwide.


Shwedagon Pagoda Festival 22 March

A festival held on the day of the full moon of Tabaung marked with rituals and offerings.


Thingyan Water Festival 13 – 15 April

A four-day high-spirited festival to welcome the new year, marking the end of the old and the beginning of the new.


Kason Festival 19 May

A festival where processions make their way to the pagoda grounds bearing pots of water and thousands of oil lamps and candles.


Waso Full Moon Festival 17 July

A festival to commemorate the day Buddha preached his first sermon.


Thadingyut (Festival of Lights) 13 – 15 October

Buildings and establishments all over the country are illuminated as residents pay homage and thanksgiving to Buddhist monks.


Tazaungdaing Light Festival 12 November

A festival held on the full moon day featuring gala illuminations.



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