Rangoon City Walking Tour
Book the Rangoon City Walking Tour from the ZiZ Asia Myanmar event services collection as a half day off-site or spouse program & walk back in time. Ideal for groups of up to 20 participants, this is not just an opportunity for your guests and delegates to see the city’s historic buildings but to also understand how the country is planning to develop Yangon whilst preserving its heritage.
The Rangoon City Walking Tour
The Rangoon City Walking Tour is about exploring the architectural heritage of Yangon on your own pace and learning the fascinating history behind the city’s colonial style buildings and how the country is planning to preserve and integrate these heritage sites in their “city-for-the-future” plan.
The streets of Yangon are full of magnificent buildings dating from the late 19th century. While some have been restored to their former glory, others are dilapidated and crumbling – in ruins after decades of isolation. Walk back in time past the Secretariat, Myanmar’s last Armenian Church, Gandhi Hall, Accountant General’s Office & more magnificent colonial buildings dating to the late 19th century. Some have been restored or are in the process of being brought back to life while offers are faring not so well and, while still standing, are ghosts of their past grandeur. The walk culminates at the beautiful Maha Bandoola Park, with the golden Sule Pagoda and great City Hall as your backdrop.
Yangon Past, Present & Future
Start your exploration passing by the Secretariat Building (also known as the Ministers’ Building), a beautiful Victorian structure where Aung San, father of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was assassinated in 1947. Afterwards, explore Myanmar’s last Armenian Church, St. John the Baptist. Dating back over 150 years, this small beautiful church is surprisingly well maintained and offers a patch of calm in the middle of the bustling city.
Walk down Strand Road to explore the historic but abandoned Gandhi Hall, where the National League for Democracy drafted the Gandhi Hall Declaration in 1990. Also, visit the Post Office, then stop at the legendary Strand Hotel and the Port Authority building. You will pass by the Accountant General’s Office & Currency Department, home to an exquisite ornamented winding staircase. Turn onto Pansodan Road and you will see the Yangon Heritage Trust, a non-profit organization that works to preserve and protect the city’s rich urban heritage.
Continue to the Bank Street and see some splendid old buildings along the road. When you arrive on Mahar Bandoola Park Road, you will see the red and white brick High Court Building with its clock tower, and the elegant Emmanuel Baptist Church situated on the corner of Maha Bandoola Park.
End the tour at the beautiful Maha Bandoola Park, a green oasis popular with Tai-Chi practitioners, where you will see the golden Sule Pagoda and the great City Hall, a fine example of British Myanmar architecture featuring traditional three-tiered roofs.