Tradition and Culture in Yangon
- 4 - 5 hours
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Find out why people from all over are flocking to Burma on this grassroots Yangon tour. Get in touch with Burma's unique traditions and culture via visits to pagodas, parks, museums, and markets. <strong>Proceeds from all Yangon tours departing on February 28, 2015 will be donated to the #hopeforSkye campaign to help children with Sanfilippo Syndrome. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.urbanadventures.com/blog/blueskyforskye.html">urbanadventures.com/blog/blueskyforskye</a>.</strong>
* Immerse yourself in Yangon culture and traditions
* Explore the Aung San Museum, former home of General Aung San and father of Aung San Suu Kyi
* Wander through a local residential neighbourhood and the beautiful Kandawgyi Park
* Marvel at the beauty of the Shwedagon Pagoda and its iconic golden dome
* Observe locals and monks offering their devotions as the sun sets across the golden Pagoda
What's included in this trip
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Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.
Confirmation of booking
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. <br /> Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Dress in Burma (Myanmar) is conservative, so lightweight, long-sleeved clothing is appropriate. Skirts, dresses, and shorts should be knee-length or below. Wear comfortable walking shoes and check the weather before you leave, and come equipped with sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and a raincoat if necessary. Shoes must be removed when entering the Aung San Museum.
Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guide and driver, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
Ready to see what all the fuss is about? Burma (Myanmar) has a truly fascinating history, tradition, and culture, and this Yangon city tour will give you the opportunity to explore some of the city’s icons and better understand local life here.
Meet your local, English-speaking guide, jump in our van, and head to the Aung San Museum, situated in the 1920s colonial house that was the last residence of General Aung San, founder of Burma until his assassination in 1947. Also the home where his daughter, Nobel Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi grew up, the museum is dedicated to the General’s adult life and features exhibits, family photos, handwritten notes, personal mementos, famous speeches, as well as his car.
After a short, yet fascinating, visit to the museum, your cultural tour of Yangon will continue with a walk through the local residential area, through Kandawgyi Park. Along the way, your guide will share local stories and anecdotes, as well as answer the many questions you likely have about local life in the city. We’ll pause for a tea break and people watching before heading into the Shwedagon Pagoda.
Inside the eastern entrance of the Pagoda you’ll find a very different type of local market, which will give you an idea of how significant Buddhism is in daily life here in Burma. After enjoying the market for a bit, we’ll climb a long, stair-filled corridor up to the Pagoda platform, accompanied by your guide’s explanation of locals’ unique Buddhist beliefs.
The magnificent golden dome of the Pagoda rises an impressive 98 metres above its base and is said to have been covered with tons and tons of pure gold, along with numerous precious stones such as jade, rubies, sapphires, and diamonds. Humbling in its beauty, the Pagoda dome is one of the city’s most iconic places, and is the perfect spot in which to cap off a Yangon city tour of tradition and culture.
After sufficient time exploring the Pagoda and its dome, we’ll meet our van and head back to the meeting point, about a thirty-minute drive away. Should you wish to remain at the Pagoda, you are welcome to do so, however you will be responsible for your own transportation back into the centre of town.