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20 Notable Architectures to explore in Myanmar

Largest of the mainland South East Asian nation. Overcame the long history of civil wars in 2011 to have a civilian government.

Ancient Portuguese ChurchThanlyin, Myanmar (Burma)

It is an ancient Portuguese Church ruins located near the Bago River in Yangon. It is said to be the home of Christianity in Myanmar.

Botataung PagodaStrand Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

The Botataung Pagoda was built some 2,500 years ago by the Mon people. The 40-meter high golden pagoda enshrines a sacred hair relic of the Buddha. The pagoda was destroyed during the Second World War by an airforce bombing mission. Rebuilding started in 1948 following the original design.

Chauk Htat Kyi PagodaYangon, Myanmar (Burma)

It houses one of the most revered reclining Buddha images in the country.

Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral Yangonရန်ကုန်, Myanmar (Burma)

Holy Trinity Cathedral is the primary Anglican cathedral in Myanmar. The cathedral has historically strong connections with the British military regiments during the British ruling era.

Htauk Kyant War Memorial CemeteryYangon - Pyay Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

The cemetery contains the remains of Allied soldiers who died during World War I and World War II. It contains 6,374 graves from World War II alone, though only 5,576 are identified.

Kabar Aye PagodaKabar Aye Pagoda Rd, ရန်ကုန်, Myanmar (Burma)

The Kabar Aye Pagoda and the adjoining Maha Pasana Guha cave were built in 1952 by U Nu, the prime minister of Burma to host the 6th Buddhist council. The cave is 455 feet long and 370 feet wide. Inside, the assembly hall is 220 feet.

Karaweik PalaceKandawgyi Lake Compound, Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township Yangon Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township Yangon, Yangon 11221, Myanmar (Burma)

Karaweik or Karaweik Hall is a palace on the eastern shore of Kandawgyi Lake, Yangon, Burma.

Kheng Hock Keong426/432, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

The Kheng Hock Keong is the largest Chinese temple in Yangon. The temple attracts mostly Hokkien and Hakka worshipers.

Kyaik Khauk PagodaKyaik Khauk Pagoda Rd, Myanmar (Burma)

Kyaukkhauk Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa located in Thanlyin Township, in southern Yangon Region. It is a popular tourist destination and also a pilgrimage site for Buddhists.

Kyauk Taw Gyi (White Marble Buddha)ရန်ကုန်, Myanmar (Burma)

The temple features a 25 feet tall Buddha called the Loka Chantha Abhaya Labha Muni, which is carved out of a single piece of white marble.

Mae La Mu Pagodaရန်ကုန်, Myanmar (Burma)

Malamud Pagoda is popular for the giant statue depicting Buddha’s earlier lives. The pagoda is also known for its The Mae Lamu Pagoda Festival and it is usually held on a full moon in December.

Martyrs' MausoleumAr Zar Ni St, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

The mausoleum is dedicated to Aung San and other leaders, who were assassinated on 19 July 1947.

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue26th St, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue is the last remaining Jewish house of worship in Downtown Yangon and Burma's only synagogue.

Ngar Htat Gyi Pagodaရွှေဂုံတိုင်လမ်း, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

The Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda in Yangon is known for its 46-foot-tall sitting Buddha statue. The Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda was constructed in 1900, next to the Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha.

Shwedagon PagodaShwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)


The most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, as it is believed to contain relics of the four previous Buddhas of the present era. These relics include the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Koṇāgamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa, and eight strands of hair from the head of Gautama.

Sri Kaali Amman Tamil TempleAnawrahta Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

This temple is famous for its colorful architecture and carved roofs that depict portraits and images of many Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Shri Kali Temple was constructed in 1871 with amazing architecture.

St. Mary's Cathedral YangonSt. Mary's Cathedral, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

It is the largest cathedral in Burma and was designed by Dutch architect Joseph Cuypers, son of Pierre Cuypers.

Sule PagodaJunction of Sule Pagoda Road, မဟာဗန္ဓုလလမ်း, Yangon 11141, Myanmar (Burma)

The Sule Pagoda is located in the center of downtown Yangon and is part of the city’s economic and public life.

Thanhlyin BridgeYangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Thanlyin Bridge is a bridge linking the cities of Thanlyin and Yangon in Myanmar. The bridge crosses the 1-km wide Bago river.

The SecretariatThein Phyu Road, Middle Block, ရန်ကုန်, Myanmar (Burma)

The Victorian-style building is made from red and yellow brick and constructed in a U-shape. This is the spot where Aung San and six cabinet ministers were assassinated by a gang of armed paramilitaries.