Previously called as Rangoon, the city houses almost 7 million people and is considered as one of the largest cities of Myanmar and also as a major centre for commercial activities. There are a number of buildings depicting the colonial-era. The leafy avenues and the colonial buildings make the city a major attraction of the country. More than 90% of the people here are Buddhists with a very minor percentage of Islamic, Christians and Hindus. There are numerous concert halls, museums, art galleries, theatres, gardens and parks in the city as well.
Best outdoor locations
Maha Bandula Park: Maha Bandula Park is spread over an area of 3 hectares. A statue of Queen Victoria has been placed right in the centre of the park. The park has been renamed several times due to several sentiments prevailing amongst the people of the city. The name Bandula has been given due to the national sentiments of the people towards the park. The park is surrounded by a few other attractive spots of the city which include the Yangon City Hall, the High Court and the Sule Pagoda.
Kandawgyi Park: Kandawgyi Park is one of the most famous centres of the town which is known for the purpose of entertainment and recreation. The park houses a Kandawgyi Lake which is its major attraction. There are a number of playgrounds and areas for picnics in the park where the families can sit and relax and children can play and enjoy. The park is filled with numerous trees and flowers which make it look colourful and beautiful. Many festivals are also celebrated in the park.
Yangon Zoological Gardens: Yangon Zoological Gardens is spread over an area of 28 hectares and houses around 1100 animals of 200 species. The zoo also comprises an aquarium, a natural history museum, an amusement park and picnic area. There are almost 60 types of mammals, 67 types of birds and 18 types of reptiles in the zoo. The zoo also has a number of trees which include palm trees, coconut trees, bamboo, grass, vines, shrubs and other seasonal flowers and fruit trees. The zoo conducts a number of performances by the animals.