A walk through Yangon’s heritage - Full Day
Start the tour at 8:30 at Yangon’s Heritage Trust downtown office. Attend a briefing by an employee of the Heritage Trust explaining the progress, and challenges ahead in the different preservation projects of the city. Continue by choosing from two alternative routes for a tour of two-and-a-half hours in central Yangon:
Route A: BUSTLING CITY – Western Downtown
Beginning at YHT’s office on lower Pansodan Road, the tour passes through leafy Bank Street, lined with fascinating historic buildings. We then visit key sites in the city’s central area, including City Hall, the High Court, and (on Sunday mornings) the Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue while exploring historic residential streets. The tour ends at Bogyoke Market in the morning and on 19th Street, a local nightlife hotspot, in the evening.
*The Synagogue is only open in the morning and closed on Sundays.
Route B: SEAT OF POWER – Secretariat and Surrounds
This tour starts at the YHT office and covers historic sites in the former commercial and administrative core. We visit a well-preserved residential area in the city’s east, then enter the nationally historic Secretariat where General Aung San was assassinated in 1947, and independence was marked a year later. On the way, try some local tea at a historic teashop.
Enjoy a lunch at the House of Memories Restaurant for some delicious Burmese cuisine served in a historic colonial environment and continue with a visit of the former U.N. Secretary General U Thant’s house, the man who brought Myanmar to the world’s conscious (Note: open Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 10:00 to 17:00). Learn how he brought Myanmar to the world’s attention during his tenure.
Next, head to Yangon University’s Convocation Hall to read about the history of a violent student and monk protest. Note that after years of being closed, Yangon University has reopened to students only recently.
Conclude the tour at 16:00 and spend the rest of the day at leisure. (L)
This tour is only available on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 until 1600.
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